Bid to tackle ‘sleeper’ embers

WA firefighters are using advanced weather reading technology to identify smouldering embers from lightning strikes that can flare into dangerous bushfires days later. As weary firefighting crews battled dangerous blaze burning near homes in Waroona and Manjimup yesterday, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services revealed it was using new tactics to find so-called “sleepers”.…

US tragedy forges bonds for fireys

It was one of the worst bushfire tragedies in US history with the deaths of 19 members of the legendary Granite Mountain Hotshots. But from that 2013 tragedy in the hills of Arizona has emerged an unlikely bond, which will be affirmed this year when members of the Preston Road Bushfire Brigade near Collie travel…

Homes damaged in Waroona bushfire

At least one property has been destroyed and two others damaged by an out-of-control bushfire burning in Waroona, 110km south of Perth. Department of Fire and Emergency Services is not able to confirm the damage reports but is planning to carry out an aerial assessment this morning. A bushfire emergency warning remains in place and…

Aussie spirit on show

ABOUT 100 firefighters and aerial support crews spent Australia Day fighting a fire that burned through bush in Nowergup and Pinjar. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) received a report of the fire about 2.20pm on January 26, which had burnt through more than 1500ha within 48 hours. Up to 120 volunteer and…

Arson fears for huge southern fire

Firefighters fear an arsonist started a bushfire which closed the Kwinana Freeway at peak hour yesterday and continues to threaten homes in Perth’s southern suburb. The fire started about 4pm yesterday in bushland east of Baldivis Road and south of Millar Road in Wellard. Residents in parts of Wellard and Baldivis were told to evacuate…