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Residents urged to stay bushfire alert during autumn
Friday 2 March 2012 – 1:30 PM
Western Australians are being urged to remain vigilant and bushfire aware as we move into autumn, with high temperatures still expected.
 
FESA Acting Chief Operations Officer Lloyd Bailey said that although summer was officially over, hot weather and challenging bushfire conditions were still highly possible.
 
“We must remember that a devastating bushfire can happen when you least expect it,” Mr Bailey said.
 
“Although summer ends in February, high temperatures and bad fire weather can still occur right up until April.
 
“It is extremely important to have a bushfire survival plan and know what to do when a bushfire occurs.”
 
Mr Bailey said those who are camping or on holiday this long weekend, should be aware of the dangers, remain alert and call 000 if they see smoke or flames.
 
“On hot, dry days when bushfires are most likely to occur, people near bushland should go outside regularly to monitor their surroundings,” he said.
 
“This is especially important on days when a Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.
 
“Acknowledging the warning signs and acting without receiving an official warning could save your life,” Mr Bailey said.
 
To find out more about bushfire safety and fire danger ratings visit the FESA website at www.fesa.wa.gov.au
 
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