Despite mechanical problems causing the suspect’s vehicle to stop, Messina could stay close until police arrived.
With the support of over 100 firefighters and water bombers from the Department of Fire and Emergency, the volunteers successfully battled the blazes, which burned approximately 2,000 hectares of land.
The fires, fanned by strong winds, merged to form two separate major blazes at Tenindewa and Wicherina.
Power lines collapsed, and transport routes were closed during the firefighting efforts.
“It could have been so much worse; we could have lost the town of Mullewa if we’d had the reserve light up.”
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