Suspicious fires: charges laid

A Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade truck at Whiteman Park. Picture: Josh Tucker
A Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade truck at Whiteman Park. Picture: Josh Tucker

FIREFIGHTERS faced several blazes across Perth’s north and eastern suburbs, as well as Gingin over the past fortnight.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services reported calls to a bushfire in deep swamp land in Gingin about 9pm on Monday, where residents were evacuated until the fire was brought under control about 11pm.

Yesterday, police spokeswoman Susan Usher said Gingin Police charged a 22-year-old Koongamia man with failing to ensure an ignition source would not cause a fire that could not be controlled.

‘He is due to appear in the Moora Magistrates Court on Wednesday, February 5,’ she said.

Police have also been investigating suspicious fires reported in Brabham on Sunday, and Ellenbrook and Parkerville on Monday.

Last week, Sergeant Naomi Smith said Joondalup Police charged three 17-year-old boys with setting fire to bush during a prohibited burning period following a scrub fire in the Yellagonga Regional Park.

‘The teenagers were arrested about 8pm after it was alleged they used a homemade incendiary device to set fire to grassed area,’ Sgt Smith said. ‘A nearby resident witnessed the incident and contacted police and DFES. The fire was eventually extinguished, leaving approximately 30 to 40sq m of scrub burnt out.’

Joondalup photographer Josh Tucker took pictures of a Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade truck at Monday’s blaze near Whiteman Park.

Mr Tucker said fire and heavy smoke got close to homes.