Police treat Wedderburn bushfire as suspicious

POLICE are treating the bushfire which burnt out two hectares in Wedderburn yesterday as suspicious.

Wedderburn police’s Leading Senior Constable Mark Lovel said the Central Goldfields crime investigation unit was investigating the blaze in the Wedderburn State Forest.

“It is being treated as suspicious,” he said. 

“Police are investigating but they haven’t made an arrest yet.” 

The fire did not threaten any nearby residential properties, which the Department of Sustainability and Environment said was helped by a planned burn held in November 2008.

“The planned burn we conducted in November 2008 meant there was a reduction in fire fuel, which slowed the fire’s progress and made suppression easier,” DSE incident controller Steve Nicholson said.

“We also did some fire predictions about what might happen if it wasn’t contained and, considering yesterday afternoon’s strong winds, it had the capacity to grow into a large fire that could impact on nearby homes and possibly the town of Korong Vale.”

Leading Senior Constable Lovel said anyone with information should contact Wedderburn polic

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