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Media Release

Severe fire weather prompts warning
Monday 30 January 2012 – 5:20 PM

With severe fire weather expected tomorrow, FESA is urging the community to stay alert, monitor their surroundings and be ready to put their bushfire survival plan into action.  

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued severe Fire Danger Ratings for tomorrow, including in the Perth metropolitan area.
FESA Acting Chief Operations Officer Lloyd Bailey said that given the extreme conditions people in both metropolitan and rural areas needed to be ready to act without a warning.
“In these conditions, if a fire starts it will be unpredictable, move very fast and be difficult for firefighters to bring under control.”
“Realistically, if you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving bushfire risk areas early in the day is your safest option.”
“We urge people to plan well ahead of an emergency situation as early preparations are their best chance of survival,” he said.
Total Fire Bans are likely to be declared by FESA later this evening. This would mean that any activity that could start a fire would be banned for a 24 hour period from midnight to midnight.
Breaching a Total Fire Ban could result in a criminal conviction, so people are urged to know what they can and can’t do during a ban.
For information on current incidents, Total Fire Bans, Fire Danger Ratings and how to create a bushfire survival plan visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au
A 24 hour Total Fire Ban Information Line is also available on 1800 709 355.


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