Police are searching for a “disgraceful, disgusting” arsonist believed to be responsible for lighting two fires which threatened houses within the South West on Saturday night time.
The fires, which broke simply out hours after the devastating blaze which destroyed 86 houses within the Perth Hills was lastly delivered to heel. One got here inside 3km of Yallingup houses earlier than being contained.
Each fires — simply 11km aside — started across the similar time. Greater than 100 firefighters had been known as to battle the dual blazes earlier than a downpour helped comprise them.
Authorities mentioned they’d recognized six separate ignition factors.
The Capes area has develop into a suspicious hearth hotspot in latest weeks.
Police mentioned latest and historic fires could be examined to find out in the event that they had been coping with a serial arsonist.
Premier Mark McGowan put firebugs on discover.
“Can I say to anybody pondering of intentionally lighting a hearth — you’re going to get caught and the penalties are extreme, together with severe jail time,” he mentioned.
“If somebody has intentionally lit a hearth after the week we’ve been by means of, they’re simply an appalling human being and they’re going to have the guide thrown at them. After the fires at Wooroloo, after the week of COVID, after the flooding up north, to go and lightweight a hearth in Yallingup, if that’s what occurred, it’s a disgusting, disgraceful act.”
South West District Superintendent Geoff Stewart mentioned the actions of the firebug had been “unfathomable”.
“It’s one thing that beggars perception. We’re going to do every thing we are able to to seek out who could have been responsible for this,” he mentioned.
No properties had been broken in South West fires.
The blazes got here as rainfall continued to carry aid to scorched areas north of Perth.
Greater than 15mm of rain fell in the worst-affected space of Gidgegannup over the weekend.
Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Neil Bennett mentioned the rain was “persistent and regular”, offering a serving to hand to fireside crews.
“The rain has been an actual godsend,” he mentioned. “I feel each one in every of them on the market would say ‘sure please’ to the rain slightly than two extra days of the sturdy easterly winds that we’ve been experiencing this week.”
Mr McGowan mentioned the aid effort’s priorities had shifted to cleansing up the realm and transition to restoration.
Anybody with data ought to name Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online.