An Ambergate resident whose home came close to being destroyed by last Monday’s bushfire wants to see the City of Busselton introduce firebreaks into Ambergate Reserve.
Graham Hansen’s Queen Elizabeth Avenue property sits on the edge of the reserve and was in the direct path of the blaze which burnt through about 40ha.
Mr Hansen told the Times the fire came within 15 to 20 metres of his home and was thankful his property was still standing.
“We had the hoses and the sprinklers on and were watering everything down . . . there were embers blowing over the top of the house . . . it was horrific, ” he said.
The long-time Ambergate resident said he hoped this fire would see more action taken to introduce firebreaks around the reserve to help access in the event of another bushfire.
“It’s an issue we’ve asked authorities for in the past . . . something needs to be done, ” he said.
City of Busselton ranger and emergency services manager Tim Wall said there were no firebreaks in the reserve due to the rare flora and native fauna found in the area.
“The reserve has its own specific fire management plan which outlines other fire mitigation strategies such as prescribed burning and vegetation management, ” he said.
Mr Wall said the fire had been hard to contain due to a combination of factors including several ignition points and the changeable wind.