Torched dumped ute sparks bushfire near Two Rocks

The torching of a dual-cab white ute sparked a fire near Two Rocks overnight. Picture: Martin Kennealey d490706
The torching of a dual-cab white ute sparked a fire near Two Rocks overnight. Picture: Martin Kennealey d490706

UPDATE, 5.45pm: Parks and Wildlife has issued the ‘all clear’ for the bushfire west of Indian Ocean Drive.

UPDATE 1.15PM: A dumped ute set alight sparked the overnight bushfire near Two Rocks that burnt about 21ha.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services initially provided advice for people in the eastern part of Two Rocks in the City of Wanneroo about 12.17am on Friday, February 8.

The Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is now managing the fire and updated advice for people west of Indian Ocean Drive this morning.

There is no threat to lives or homes and no immediate danger, but authorities advised people to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

The fire, reported about 11pm on February 7, started near the intersection of Indian Ocean Drive and Bindiar Road in Yanchep.

It is contained and under control and firefighters are on the scene, patrolling the area and mopping up.

A section of burnt-out area in last night’s fire near Two Rocks. Picture: Martin Kennealey

EARLIER 6.06AM: Firefighters were called to attend a suspicious bushfire near Two Rocks late last night. 

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued advice for the eastern part of Two Rocks in the City of Wanneroo after the fire was reported about 11.04pm on February 7. 

The bushfire advice was issued for people in Breakwater Estate in an area bounded by Breakwater Drive, Oregano Drive, Bindiar Road and Indian Ocean Drive.

There is a lot of smoke in the area.

Although there is no immediate danger DFES advised people to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

The fire started near the intersection of Indian Ocean Drive and Bindiar Road in Yanchep.

DFES advised that the bushfire was out of control, unpredictable and moving slowly in a north westerly direction, towards Breakwater estate.

About 20 bush fire service and volunteer fire and rescue firefighters are on the scene actively fighting the fire. 

Some roads may be closed and authorities asked motorists to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

About 4ha had been burnt by midnight when the advice alert was issued. 

Authorities are treating the cause of the fire as suspicious or deliberately lit.

JOONDALUP: Neighbours told firefighters they believed last night’s bushland fire near Lakeside Drive and Blackfriars Road was deliberately lit.

RESOURCES STRETCHED: Police and DFES officers were also called to a deliberately lit fire at 9.15pm near the corner of Lakeside Drive and Blackfriars Road, Joondalup. Picture of the damaged bushland this morning: Martin Kennealey

Fire crews from seven DFES stations were called to the fire at 9.15pm.

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to report suspicious behaviour in bushfire prone areas.

Damaged vegetation at Joondalup. Picture: Martin Kennealey

For updates, visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au .