No houses damaged in St Ronans bush fire despite road and bridge damage

Source: York Volunteer Fire & Rescue.
Source: York Volunteer Fire & Rescue.

No homes were damaged in a bush fire that burned more than 400 hectares of land in St Ronans, near York on Thursday afternoon according to York Volunteer Fire & Rescue.

At the time of the fire residents of St Ronans living near Mokine Road, Ulster Road, Great Southern Highway and Ashworth Road intersection were urged to leave their homes as crews battled the fire. 

The fire that started near Great Southern Highway in St Ronans just after 3pm on Thursday.

York Volunteer Fire & Rescue said the fire is currently under control but residents are urged to remain vigilant as stronger winds are forecast for today.

“We’d just like to say thank you to everyone who assisted with today’s fire,” they said via social media on Thursday night.

“With many properties becoming under threat, the swift response by fire crews meant no homes were damaged. 

“Crews from as far as Midland, Beverley, Northam, Toodyay and surrounds, not forget to mention the private fire appliances, assisted to bring the fire under control.

“Hats off to you fellas.”

The Shire of York said approximately 435 hectares of land was affected by the fire, primarily crop stubble and bushland.

No reports of property damage have been received and all residents remain in their homes.

Shire President David Wallace said more than 65 appliances and their crews were working to contain the fire as well as 11 aircraft.

“This morning, we’ve got two loaders and two graders working along with about 30 farm vehicles and volunteers,” he said.

“A bulldozer from the Department of Parks & Wildlife will be joining us soon.

“The community of York is really grateful to everyone who has come to help at this time”.

Main Roads WA is on-site assessing 6 Mile Bridge which was damaged extensively by the fire.

Great Southern Highway remains closed in both directions from Talbot West Road to Cut Hill Road in York due to damage to roads and bridges.

Approximately 435 hectares of land was affected by the fire, primarily crop stubble and bushland.

The alert level for the fire was downgraded at 8.30pm on Thursday as crews were about to contain it.

The bushfire is stationary and under control.

Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are on the scene patrolling the area and mopping up.