Winds worsen fire threat

Firefighters survey the aftermath of the blaze and, inset, the fire as it raged. Pictures: Jandakot Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade
Firefighters survey the aftermath of the blaze and, inset, the fire as it raged. Pictures: Jandakot Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

Firefighters worked through the night to control a scrub fire which started just after midnight near Nicholson Road on February 3. Jandakot Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade captain Shane Harris said his crew left after it was contained about 6am. By 11am the fire had reignited.

‘Fanned by gusty easterly winds it took off but this time on a much larger scale and with more ferocity,’ he said.

‘We were again called on for help as the fire was now in bushland in the Taylor Road area and moving fast towards people living in Banjup.’

The fire was large and unpredictable, with plumes of smoke making it impossible to place crews in its path. Effort was then focused on stopping it spreading sideways.

‘It became apparent that we were battling a major issue as there were lots of properties that could potentially be impacted by the now out of control wildfire,’ Mr Harris said.

‘Due to everyone’s fast thinking and determination, we were able to contain the fire and we didn’t lose any homes or lives.’

South Coogee Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade captain Michael Tait said volunteers worked through until February 14 preventing flare-ups.

‘Our attendance for more than 10 days shows the heat that this fire had and the legacy that it left well after the smoke had cleared,’ he said.

‘As brigade captain I was impressed with the co-operation and effort that occurred at this incident. To have crews from as far afield as Bunbury to help out in our region was fantastic and truly helped us when Cockburn residents were under threat.’