Bushfire suspicious but all clear

Kate Fielding and Sam GibbsHarvey-Waroona Reporter
The Wellesley bushfire has been given the all clear but police are treating the blaze as suspicious.Picture: Sam Gibbs.
Camera IconThe Wellesley bushfire has been given the all clear but police are treating the blaze as suspicious.Picture: Sam Gibbs.

The bushfire which burnt through 20ha of pine plantation and bushland in Wellesley has been been confirmed as suspicious as the all clear was issued today.

The fire was first reported about 5am yesterday and has since burnt through more than 20ha of pine plantation and bushland near Wellesley, Treasure and Wellington roads.

Firefighters continued to battle the blaze throughout the day yesterday, despite a man brandishing a machete before stealing a vehicle turning the focus to a manhunt by police.

The vehicle has since been found abandoned and a man remains under police watch in hospital.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services has warned the advice remains in place with a lot of smoke in the area.

The bushfire is stationary, has been contained and is under control and 25 firefighters are working to strengthen containment lines, according to the department.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but police are asking anyone to report any suspicious behaviour to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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