Investigation finds Badgingarra bushfire was accidental
A joint investigation into a bushfire that burnt 8,500 hectares of farm and bushland near the Marchagee Track, Boothendarra in December has found the cause to be accidental.
The investigation determined the bushfire started accidentally when heat from the exhaust of a farm vehicle came into contact with grain dust, chaff and crop stubble in a partly harvested paddock.
A team from FESA’s Fire Investigation and Analysis Unit, WA Police Arson Squad and the Department of Environmental and Conservation worked together to determine the cause of the fire.
FESA Midwest Regional Director Russell Hayes said the Shire of Coorow had imposed a ban on harvesting and the movement of vehicles in paddocks on the day the fire started.
“The report has been provided to the Shire to Coorow to determine if there was a breach of the ban,” Mr Hayes said.
“If this has occurred, it will be for the Shire to consider and take the appropriate action.”
The fire was reported just before 11am on 29 December 2009 by a farm worker on a property near the Marchagee Track in the Boothendarra area in the Shire of Coorow.