Bullsbrook residents save horses, alpacas from bushfire

Bullsbrook VFES volunteers Chris Unstead and Garth West at the fire clean-up.
Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d463738
Bullsbrook VFES volunteers Chris Unstead and Garth West at the fire clean-up. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d463738

Residents banded together to remove horses and alpacas from the line of the Bullsbrook fire that ripped through 14ha of paddock country last month.

Volunteer firefighters spent last week monitoring the area to prevent flare-ups from the December 29 blaze.

It was reported at 1.25pm and took up to 80 volunteer firefighters and four water-dropping aircraft four hours to contain and a further 44 to extinguish. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued a warning, saying there was a possible threat to lives and homes near Bingham and Pine roads, where the blaze started.

The City of Swan managed the firefighting effort. “It was a big fire,” Bullsbrook Volunteer Fire Service duty officer Samantha Unstead said.

“It took a lot of brigades to get it under control. People were concerned about their livestock and getting it off their property.

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“It was mainly horses and some alpacas. The fire went into an alpaca farm, and they were moved to a different paddock.

“People came and helped with the horses, taking them to neighbouring property not under threat.

“One woman had five dogs to get off.”

Ms Unstead said fencing was damaged.

The department’s alert included encouraging people to leave the area or be ready to defend their properties against the fire, which was heading northeast. It is not known what caused the fire.

Messages of thanks

ON behalf of the brigade we would like to thank the City of Swan, Mundaring and Wanneroo brigades, Swan Communications (Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade) and SES for all their help with the west Bullsbrook fire.

Without them, we would not have been able to get it under control so quickly.

-Adrian Goh, Bullsbrook Volunteer Fire Service captain

THE City of Swan would like to thank all of the career and volunteer bushfire brigades involved.

It is also a timely reminder that all residents should develop a bushfire survival plan and make use of the tools available to monitor bush fires in their area, like the new www.emergency.wa.gov.au website or ABC radio for bushfire information.

For more information on how to prepare your property, the bush fire season and total fire and harvest bans visit the City’s website – www.swan.a.gov.au.

-Jim Coten, City of swan acting chief executive