Dalyellup fire extinguished by water bomber pilots' quick thinking | photos

Quick thinking from passing water bomber pilots have helped extinguished a potentially dangerous fire near Dalyellup on Tuesday afternoon.

A spokesperson from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said the fire started when a truck reversed in to a power pole near the entrance of the Dalyellup Beach housing estate at about 2.30pm.

"A couple of water bombers were passing the area and they stopped to drop water on the fire, extinguishing it quickly," they said.

"The fire burnt parts of the road and road verge and damaged the power pole."

Three volunteer firefighting crews from Capel, Elgin and Gelorup were called to the scene and the blaze was completely extinguished at about 250pm, just 20 minutes after it had started.

A spokesperson from Western Power said there were minimal power disruptions from the incident with only one customer affected.

They said a crew was called out to the scene to fix the disruption and check it was safe for emergency services in the area who controlled the fire.

The Dalyellup fire incident occurred on a day when a total fire ban is in place across Greater Bunbury. The ban includes the local government districts of the City of Bunbury and shires of Capel, Dardanup and Harvey.


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