With his left hand still in a compression bandage, Baldivis Volunteer Bushfire Brigade captain Warren Schofield is on the front line protecting the community.
Recovering from injuries sustained fighting the Bertram fire last month, the veteran volunteer firefighter of 25 years said there was a busy time ahead for firefighters in the region.
“We had a very slow start last year, December and January was very quiet, and right into April we were still fighting fires then,” he said.
The Baldivis brigade attended a fire at Tamworth Swamp, Baldivis, at 4am last Friday and Mr Schofield said it was lucky they were on the scene early.
“(It was) obvious it was deliberate,” he said. “I can’t work these people out, I really can’t.”
Because of his injuries, Mr Schofield said he was only involved in a supervisory capacity at the blaze.
“I’ve recovered almost fully... I’ve had one skin graft on the back of my hand which has come good now and had the stitches (taken) out of my head,” he said.
The Bertram fire destroyed 35ha of bush, including land owned by the Water Corporation.
A spokeswoman for the water utility said the fire did not destroy infrastructure in the affected area.
“The Water Corporation has a narrow corridor of land that houses the Peel drain and the Peel sub-drain,” she said. “The vast majority of the bushland affected by the bushfire is unallocated crown land over which the Water Corporation has no authority.”
The utility has pledged to work with other government agencies to work to rehabilitate the environment affected by the fire.
Police are still investigating the cause of the Bertram blaze.