Rain gives firefighters battling Bedfordale blaze a helping hand

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A FIRE which threatened lives and homes in the City of Armadale and Serpentine-Jarrahdale has been dampened by rain passing over the area.

The blaze began near the intersection of Admiral Road and Albany Highway in Bedfordale at 4.47pm yesterday

As of 9am, the fire had been contained but not controlled.

Roads closed during the fire have been re-opened but drivers are being cautioned to drive carefully.

No damage to property has been reported apart from a fence, however 125 hectares of land has been burnt.

About 130 firefighters were still on site in the morning including Volunteer Fire Rescue, Bushfire Services, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and DFES fire crews.

Aerial water bombing, grounded by darkness overnight, resumed this morning , with a hand from much needed rainfall.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said there were two fires burning in State Forest but whether they ignited separately or if ember spots from one caused the other had not been determined.

The cause of the fire remains unknown however the Police Arson Squad have begun investigating.

People are asked to report any suspicious activity to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.