Dalyellup Bushfire- Safety Information about Peat Fires

Published on Tuesday, 26 March 2024 at 2:50:51 PM

Be aware of the risk of peat fires around Minninup Road and Dalyellup Blvd and surrounding areas in the Shire of Capel. Please stay away from the area for your safety.

What you need to know: 

Smaller fires are expected to burn in or around the Dalyellup bushfire area for several weeks or
months due to the presence of large amounts of peat in the soil.
• Peat is the part of soil made up of organic material from plants.
• Peat is especially common around wetlands.
• Peat is highly flammable.
• Soils with peat repel water.
• A peat fire can burn underground and you may not see it.
• A peat fire can be challenging to extinguish so sprinklers may be used to slowly soak the soil.
• A peat fire can restart even if it seems extinguished.
If you see smoke or flames, phone triple zero (000) immediately.
The area is still at advice level.
Up-to-date fire information can be found at ➡ https://www.emergency.wa.gov.au/