Police probe suspicious bushfires

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser
Carol mills took this shot of the Milpara blaze.
Camera IconCarol mills took this shot of the Milpara blaze.

Albany detectives continue to investigate two suspicious bushfires which threatened lives and homes in January, believing the driver of a white tray-back ute may be able to assist their inquiries.

The scrub fires, which started on Anson Road in Orana and Greatrex Road in King River on January 23 between 12.15pm and 1.15pm, are officially being treated as suspicious by detectives.

Detectives would like to speak to the driver of a white tray-back utility with Albany registration plates that was seen on Chesterpass Road around 1pm.

A bushfire emergency was issued at the time for people in the northern part of Orana, with aerial support in the form of fixed-wing water bombers called in to assist and defend properties.

Police would also like to speak with anyone who was in the area around the above times who may have seen any suspicious persons or vehicles in the vicinity of the fires.

Anyone with any information regarding these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Rewards of up to $50,000 are available for information that leads to the identification and conviction of an arsonist.

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