Fire crews praised for response to Elleker fire image

6 February 2018

City of Albany Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpe has thanked the City’s emergency response staff, volunteer firefighters and crews from the Department of Parks and Wildlife for their efforts fighting last week’s Elleker fire.

“Everyone did an outstanding job in challenging conditions,” he said. “The response to this fire was quick and it again highlights what an amazing job our firefighters do to protect the community and I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts to contain the fire and protect residents and property.”

Mr Sharpe also commended local State Emergency Service volunteers who lent support at the airport to fill the aerial water bombers during the peak of the fire response.

The fire started last Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Elleker-Grasmere Road and Lower Denmark Road with strong easterly winds pushing the blaze towards Elleker and into the path of homes and threatening lives and property.

A temporary evacuation centre was set up at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre, but thanks to the efforts of fire crews the fire was contained by Friday morning and the evacuation centre closed.

The fire broke containment lines late on Friday morning, reinstating a watch and act warning, but fire crews responded effectively and eventually brought the blaze under control with the all clear issued on Sunday morning.

City of Albany Manager Ranger and Emergency Services Tony Ward said firefighters were continuing to monitor the area.

“The danger has passed but we encourage residents to remain vigilant in case of the unlikely event the situation changes,” he said.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and it has been referred to the police.

Residents can visit www.emergencywa.info to keep up to date with fire advice levels and emergency information.