Agencies praised for quick response to emergency bushfire
19 January 2017
City of Albany Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpe has acknowledged the efforts of organisations involved in the response and management of the bushfire at Marbelup.
“With more than 300ha of land burnt and fires coming within metres of homes, we are relieved that there has been no loss of property and no known loss of livestock,” Mr Sharpe said.
“On behalf of the City, I would like to thank the City of Albany and Denmark bushfire volunteers, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services for their excellent management of this incident, and the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the SES for their vital assistance.
“I also extend thanks to the Department of Child Protection and Family Support for establishing a community evacuation centre at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre for those who chose to leave their properties.”
The cause of the bushfire is being investigated by police.
A community meeting was held in Elleker this morning to provide residents with an update on the bushfire.
DFES Acting Superintendent Murray Hatton told residents that bushfire volunteers would continue to strengthen containment lines and patrols within Marbelup.
As at 4.30pm this afternoon, a Bushfire Advice remained in place for parts of Marbelup. Residents are urged to remain vigilant and keep up to date with the fire status and warnings at www.emergency.wa.gov.au