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Police​ Arson Squad investigate emergency level Furnissdale bushfire

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Arson Squad Detectives are investigating a bushfire which prompted an emergency warning east of Mandurah on Monday.

Firefighters were called to reports of smoke near the intersection of Goodooga Road and Jannali Road in Furnissdale about 1pm

Crews worked from above and on the ground to get the blaze under control as it tore through 28 hectares of bushland. 

As of Tuesday at 1:20pm, the fire remains under a watch and act alert with residents urged to stay observant of the situation in case it changes.

On Monday night, a Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson said the fire was no longer a threat. 

“There is no threat to homes, lives or property,” the spokesperson said. 

“The fire is contained and controlled. 

“Crews will be patrolling, mopping up and strengthening containment lines throughout the night.” 

Residents along Furnissdale Road and Riverside Driver were told to leave as their homes became under threat and a bushfire emergency warning was issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) about 3pm. 

DFES told residents that they “need to act immediately to survive” as the “out of control and unpredictable blaze” had “spot fires starting more than 50 metres ahead” of the inferno. 

“If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear,” the DFES alert said. 

“You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.

“If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.”

It took more than 40 firefighters seven hours to bring the blaze of a 4.5 kilometre perimeter under control.

The cause of the fire is being investigated and detectives are requesting anyone who saw suspicious activity, people or vehicles, or who have dashcam footage in the vicinity of Furnissdale around the time of the fire to come forward.

For updates, visit the DFES website emergency.wa.gov.au

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