Bushfire advice remains for Wellesley

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Firefighters at the blaze in Wellesley.
Camera IconFirefighters at the blaze in Wellesley. Credit: Sam Gibbs / Harvey Reporter

A bushfire advice remains in place for areas of Wellesley as firefighters bring a blaze under control.

The fire was first reported about 5am yesterday and has since burnt through more than 20ha of pine plantation and bushland near Wellesley, Treasure and Wellington roads.

Firefighters at the blaze in Wellesley.
Camera IconFirefighters at the blaze in Wellesley. Credit: Sam Gibbs / South Western Times

Firefighters continued to battle the blaze throughout the day yesterday, despite a man brandishing a machete before stealing a vehicle turning the focus to a manhunt by police.

The vehicle has since been found abandoned and a man remains under police watch in hospital.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services has warned the advice remains in place with a lot of smoke in the area.

Firefighters at the blaze in Wellesley.
Camera IconFirefighters at the blaze in Wellesley. Credit: Sam Gibbs / South Western Times

The bushfire is stationary, has been contained and is under control and 25 firefighters are working to strengthen containment lines, according to the department.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but police are asking anyone to report any suspicious behaviour to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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