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Media Release

Timely reminder as fire destroys bushland near Cable Beach
Tuesday 19 July 2011 – 11:00 AM

Residents in Broome are being reminded about the dangers of bushfires following a blaze near Cable Beach on Sunday afternoon.

The Broome Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) and Broome Bush Fire Brigade attended a bushfire in the area of Banu Avenue, near Gubinge Drive, within the Six Seasons sub-division just before 4pm. 

The fire later spread following a change in wind direction, resulting in a large fire igniting in bushland between Banu Avenue, Salleh Street and Woods Drive.
FESA Area Manager West Kimberley Lee Vallance says volunteer firefighters responded quickly to control the fire and stopped any damage to near by houses, but it serves as a timely reminder to residents in all Kimberley towns to be alert to the risks of bushfire.
“It took 15 crews more than three hours to bring the fire under control with flames coming dangerously close to properties,” Lee says.
“The blaze burnt around seven hectares of bushland, destroying trees and scrubs in the area.”
This is the 25th bushfire Broome VFRS has responded to this month and both FESA and the volunteers are concerned of the potential for damage to houses and risk to people’s lives caused by inappropriate fire lighting in and around Broome.
The cause of Sunday’s fire is still undetermined at this stage. However police have advised that children were seen in the vicinity at the time of the fire and the investigation is ongoing. 
“The bushfire acts as a timely reminder during the school holidays for all parents in Broome and other Kimberley towns to be aware of their children’s movements and to remind them of the dangers and impact caused by lighting fires,” Lee says.
It is also a timely reminder that the penalty for arson, deliberately lighting a fire without a permit causing damage to property now includes bushland, is a crime and has a maximum penalty of a fine of $250,000 and life in prison.
Anyone in the area at the time who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Further information about how to stay safe during the Kimberley bushfire season can be found at www.fesa.wa.gov.au.
Media Contact: Media and Public Affairs on 9225 5955.



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