Probe into bush blaze

The Erickson Air-Crane helitanker dropping water onto burning bushland. Picture: Sarah Motherwell. Spectators on their smart phones capture the flames of the Jolimont bushfire near Brockway Road. Picture: Sean Nicholson
The Erickson Air-Crane helitanker dropping water onto burning bushland. Picture: Sarah Motherwell. Spectators on their smart phones capture the flames of the Jolimont bushfire near Brockway Road. Picture: Sean Nicholson

Fire crews battled the fire, which started just before noon on Saturday, for more than 24 hours before giving the area the ‘all clear’ at 3.30pm on Sunday.

Police diverted traffic from the area following the closure of Brockway Road, Lemnos and Selby streets and Underwood Avenue westbound.

Senior Sergeant Kate Vivian from Wembley Police Station personally thanked members of the public who helped care for police officers who supported Department Fire and Emergency Services on the 43C day.

While temperatures were forecast to reach 44C during the weekend heatwave, the Floreat Park Weather Station recorded 50.9C on Saturday because of its proximity to the fire.

Western Power yesterday tweeted that it was working with DFES to access affected areas and investigate the cause of the fire.

A Cancer Council storage shed used to house Relay for Life equipment was destroyed by fire but other than dense bushland, most buildings in the area were untouched.

University of WA associate professor Christian Nansen from the School of Animal Biology said it was a relief the field station next to the bushland remained mostly intact because it was an incredibly important facility for a number of faculties’ research projects.

‘This place is uniquely situated, it’s 12 minutes from campus,’ Mr Nansen said. ‘It gives students an opportunity to complete experiments they need for their training.

‘In my teaching it’s very important and the students respond very strongly to having these facilities available to them.’

The Cat Haven and the Shenton Park Dogs’ Refuge Home were inundated with offers of help and expressions of concern but both centres had staff on site to ensure the animals’ wellbeing.