Youth charged over Perth bushfire

The aftermath of the fire in Mosman Park. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
The aftermath of the fire in Mosman Park. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

WA Police have charged a teenager in relation to a small bushfire in Mosman Park which threatened homes yesterday.

Police allege that about 10.40am, the youth – in company with two others, all on mopeds – fired off an emergency flare from the Camp Waller Scout Hall on Jerrat Drive in East Fremantle.

The flare ignited dense bushland and Water Police officers training in the area spotted the fire and contacted Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

The fire burnt an area in excess of 600 square meters and, due to the extreme weather conditions at the time, homes in close proximity to the fire were threatened.

A 16-year-old boy from Kardinya has been charged with failing to ensure that a fire or ignition source would not cause a fire that could not be controlled. This breach of duty carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.

He is due to appear before the Fremantle Children’s Court on December 12.