Land-holder to be prosecuted over fire

A policeman keeps watch on the fire zone from the access road to Port Germein Road near the turn-off from Augusta Highway on Saturday.A LOCAL land-holder will be prosecuted after sparks from a welder caused a 20-hectare scrub and grass fire near Port Germein Gorge on Saturday.
Nanjing Night Net

The land-holder was allegedly working with the welder when the fire started about 1.30pm in sweltering conditions that reminded fire-fighters of the devastating Bangor blaze in the area last year.

A Country Fire Services spokeswoman said the land-holder would be charged over the incident.

She reminded farmers of the dangers of using tools and implements that could ignite tinder-dry grass and scrub land.

The fire was contained about 5pm by 16 fire trucks from Jamestown, Melrose, Wirrabara, Crystal Brook, Port Germein, Wilmington, Booleroo Centre, Mambray Creek and Stirling North.

Four water bombers dumped retardant on the fireground after taking off from Stirling North airstrip.

“We are still monitoring the area. We will just keep our eyes on it for the next couple of days,” the spokeswoman said.

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