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Burnt out car believed to be cause of blaze that threatened Gingin

A burnt out car is believed to be the cause of a blaze, now contained, that threatened homes in the Gingin area on Friday.

At 6.50am on Saturday, the "Watch and Act" alert for residents in parts of Gingin was downgraded to a bushfire "Advice" after firefighters fought the fire all night, helped by a cool change in the weather and scattered showers..

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said there was no longer any threats to homes but residents in the area should be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

Wanneroo Road remained closed between Gingin Brook Road and Military Road, as did the Wilbinga Conservation Park, and people were advised to avoid the area.

Albany blaze

Meanwhile, a "Watch and Act" alert has been issued for the eastern part of Two Peoples Bay, 30km east of Albany, after a fire was started by fireworks.

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In early reports a DFES spokesman said the fire was burning in an area bounded by South Coastal Highway to Hutton Road to Nanarup Road to Dempster Road, and there was a threat to lives and homes with flames ten meters tall at the fire front.

At midday the DFES said the situation had improved a little.

"The bushfire is stationary. It is contained but not under control," the spokesman said.

Detectives want to speak to the occupants of four vehicles that were at Normans Beach campsite on Friday night.

One of the vehicles is a Toyota FJ Cruiser with roof racks and bullbar as well as a full black cover and side awning. It's believed that a man and a woman in their mid-twenties were travelling in the cruiser with a four or five month old husky dog.

The second vehicle is a dark silver or grey four-wheel-drive, possibly a Toyota Landcruiser or Nissan Patrol with two occupants.

Police also want to talk to the occupants of a new looking black Holden Commodore ute. The man and woman are believed to be travelling with a skinny black dog and the vehicle may have had eastern state registration plates.

The fourth vehicle is described as a white Toyota Hilux ute, possibly with P plates. Again the occupants are described as being a man and a woman in their mid-twenties.

What to do:

  • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
  • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
  • Do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
  • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au 

For updates please visit DFES or follow their Twitter feed for alerts

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