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Media Release

Prepare to act and survive a Kimberley bushfire
Wednesday 5 October 2011 – 11:30 AM
In recent weeks, Kimberley bushfires have caused the relocation of some residents and long delays for motorists, reminding everyone in the region that bushfires can be serious and can often start without warning.
 
With temperatures rising in the late part of the dry season the Kimberley region bushfire season is reaching its peak.
 
FESA Regional Director Kimberley Rob Cox said bushfires impact people in the Kimberley every year and there is a good chance of one starting in bushland near homes in the rural interface of all Kimberley towns and remote indigenous communities.
 
“During bushfire season, bushfires can start suddenly and people need to be prepared to act even if they do not get an official warning,” Mr Cox said.
 
“Not hearing a warning does not mean there is no threat and people need to put their bushfire survival plan into action immediately.
 
“If you do not have a plan, discuss with your family now what you will do if a bushfire threatens. A plan will help you to avoid making last minute decisions that could prove deadly.
 
“Most people wait to be told what to do, however it is unlikely a firefighter will knock on their door to tell them to leave as they will be working to put the fire out,” he said.
 
Mr Cox said on hot dry days when bushfires are possible, people at home need to stay alert by regularly going outside to check for signs of a bushfire.
 
“They should also look and listen for information on television, ABC radio, the FESA website and information line and by talking to neighbours.
 
The Fire Danger Rating is also a good indication of what type of fire weather is forecast, how bad the fire will be and what actions people need to take.
 
“If bad fire weather is forecast people need to put their preparations into action the night before or early in the day,” Mr Cox said. 
 
“When extreme or catastrophic fire weather is forecast a total fire ban may be declared.
 
“People need to know what steps to take to reduce the chance of a bushfire starting during a total fire ban.
 
“Know what you can do and how you can do it safely during a total fire ban.”
 
For further information on total fire bans and preparing you and your family for bushfire, visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au
 

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