Mogumber fire: Police officer rescues 12-year-old

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Caitlyn RintoulThe West Australian
VideoAn emergency warning is in place for residents of Wilbinga, Woodridge, Seatrees and Breakwater Estates

Police have shared how one of their country officers helped save a 12-year-old boy from a fire that tore through 10,000 hectares in the Wheatbelt town of Mogumber on Sunday.

The fast moving blaze threatened lives and homes as it began to burn towards Mogumber townsite, about 130km north-east of Perth, in the late afternoon.

As the chaos of the blaze died down overnight, Dalwallinu Police took to social media to share news of the successful rescue.

“Dalwallinu Officer S/C SMITH saved this 12-year-old who was driving across paddocks to escape the fire in Mogumber,” the local station posted alongside a photo of the duo.

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“He has been reunited with family and is safe and well.”

The out of control fire was first reported about 1.55pm and it’s understood to have started near the intersection of Bindoon-Moora Road and Mogumber Road.

About 200 career and volunteer firefighters attended throughout the day to contain the unpredictable blaze.

On Sunday evening, the emergency warning remained in place for people in an area west of Great Northern Highway, north of Mogumba-Yarawindah Road, east of Clarke Road and Boundary Road and south of Boxhall Road, Thompson Road and Gillingarra-Glentromie Road.

The warning was downgraded to a watch and act alert for people in the area south of Midlands Road, west of Great Northern Highway and Bindi Bindi-Toodyay Road, north of Calingiri-New Norcia Road and Yenart Road, and east of Clarke Road and Boundary Road.

Aerial support was helping battle the blaze during daylight hours on Sunday and is expected to return at first light to extinguish the remaining flames.

Shire of Victoria Plains will manage the fire throughout the evening.

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au or call 13 DFES (13 3337) to keep up to date on fires around you.

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