Bushfires WA: Arson squad not treating fire near Wilson Road in Bullsbrook as deliberate

Police usually are not treating a fire near Wilson Road in Bullsbrook on Thursday as deliberate.

There have been preliminary fears and preliminary studies that the fire could have been the work of a fire bug and was being handled as suspicious.

However The West can now reveal that arson squad detectives consider the fire was not deliberate in any respect. An in depth report on the squad’s findings continues to be being compiled tonight.

Police spent a number of hours in Wilson Road at this time probing how the fire began in Bullsbrook on Thursday away from the primary Wooroloo fire, which has up to now destroyed 86 houses.

DFES Commissioner Darren Klemm mentioned the Bullsbrook fire began in Wilson Road about 10km north of the primary fire entrance.

DFES Staff at Wilson Road, east of Bullsbrook.
Digicam IconDFES Workers at Wilson Road, east of Bullsbrook. Credit score: Ian Munro/The West Australian

When requested on ABC radio this morning if the fire appeared suspicious he mentioned: “It does at this stage.

“I’ve spoken to the Commissioner of Police about that this morning and police and our fire investigators will probably be taking a look at that at this time.

“It’s clearly not one thing we wish once we are coping with the fire we’ve obtained now.

“Ten kilometres north is probably a bit too far for embers to have brought about that to ignite so we’ll work by way of that at this time.”

It comes amid revelations that two current fires in the Bullsbrook and Chittering areas had been began by chance by motorbikes.

In a single case a rider had an accident inflicting a small fire. In a second case a bike backfired which additionally brought about a fire.

In each instances the riders alerted fire crews and the fires had been in a position to be extinguished rapidly.