Busselton bushfire: Teenager questioned about deliberately started fire that threatened high school

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A teenager is questioned about a deliberately lit fire in the South West, which threatened to destroy a high school.

Just after midday on Saturday, a bushfire was started in the bush behind Busselton High School, which saw embers jump the school boundary and burn parts through nearby bushland.

Around 80 volunteers managed to save the school, containing the fire within three hours of reporting it, with the help of air crews.

A WA Police spokesman confirmed a 16-year-old girl was arrested and was assisting police with their investigations into the fire, but no charges have yet been laid.

It is understood that several others were seen with the girl at the time of the fire.

Camera iconFirefighters saved the school from damage on Saturday. Credit: Taylar Amonini/Busselton-DunsboroughTimes

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services also reminded people not to use drones in an emergency after a long drone interfered with air crews trying to fight the blaze.

“Never fly a drone, model airplane or multirotor near bushfires,” the DFES said in a statement.

“This poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hampering firefighting efforts.”

The blaze has since been downgraded to advisory level and residents are urged to remain vigilant and follow the instructions of emergency personnel when in the area of ​​the blaze.

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