Bushfire impact still felt in Yanchep

Firefighters hug each other during the December fire. Picture: DFES incident photographer Evan Collis
Firefighters hug each other during the December fire. Picture: DFES incident photographer Evan Collis

THE impact of bushfires remains front of mind for northern suburbs residents, with several events planned next month to recognise the efforts of emergency services.

In December, a fire that started in Yanchep burnt through about 14,000ha across Two Rocks and into the Shire of Gingin over several days, during which one home was lost and about 6000 were saved.

A community event chaired by Charlotte Cleary, the Yanchep Fire Thank You Day, is planned on February 2 to thank firefighters and other emergency service personnel who helped battle the blaze.

The event, run with Yanchep Two Rocks Community Recreation Association and supported by the City of Wanneroo, will be at Splendid Park in Yanchep from 3pm to 7pm.

Local businesses have donated services and goods, and activities on the day will include a KidsZone, raffle, food trucks, live music and emergency service representatives.

At the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association’s meeting on January 20, president Alex Figg formally thanked all services involved in the December fire, including volunteers and park rangers.

“They did a fantastic job,” he said.

Mr Figg said photos showed how close the fire came to buildings such as Two Rocks Primary School.

He said about a third of WA’s 1125 career firefighters attended the fire, and 70 Western Power crews spend two days rebuilding 10km of wiring and 150 poles damaged by the fire to restore electricity supplies to the area.

The December fire tore through Yanchep National Park. Picture: Lucy Jarvis

Northern Valleys Wildlife Support – Wildlife Emergency Response Team WA has been helping rescue wildlife affected by the fire.

The rescue group welcomed the support of donors, including Bunnings stores which agreed to run workshops to create 100 artificial nest boxes for rescued wildlife.

Staff at the Mindarie store have also made water stations for wildlife, five of which will be at the February 2 appreciation day for children to write messages on before they are placed areas affected by fire.

Yanchep Central Shopping Centre will hold its annual free community expo on February 8 from 10am to 4pm with a special focus on celebrating emergency service heroes and community organisations.

Volunteer SES and fire brigades are expected to attend as well as clubs, volunteers groups, educational and care providers plus local organisations.

Organisers of the Tet New Year Celebration at Wanneroo Showground on January 31 and February 1 will also have a marquee to raise funds for victims of bushfires.

The Lions Club of Whitfords, City of Jooondalup and northern suburbs community will hold a community bushfire fundraiser on February 16 from 2pm to 8pm at Emerald Park in Edgewater with stage entertainment, side shows and food trucks.

Two Rocks Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade will hold a recruiting information session on February 15.

A firefighter battles the Yanchep blaze. Picture: DFES incident photographer Morten Boe

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