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Media Release

Hot, dry weather prompts fire warning
Friday 9 March 2012 – 2:00 PM

With very hot, dry and windy conditions expected from tomorrow and throughout the weekend, FESA is urging the community to exercise caution, stay alert and be ready to put their bushfire survival plan into action.

Bureau of Meteorology Manager of Weather Services Grahame Reader said temperatures were set to rise throughout much of the south west of state.

“Fresh to strong north easterly winds are expected with temperatures reaching into the low 40s in the Central West,” he said.
“Whilst winds will moderate slightly over the weekend, very hot and dry conditions will continue through most parts.”
FESA Chief Operations Officer Lloyd Bailey said that given the predicted bad fire weather people needed to be ready to act without a warning.
“In these conditions, if a fire starts it will be difficult to bring under control and could spread rapidly,” he said.
“We especially urge people who live near bush land to monitor their surroundings and go outside regularly on days of hot weather to check for signs of a bushfire.
“It’s also important for people living in suburban areas to realise that they are not immune to bushfires.
“We urge people not to be complacent,” Mr Bailey said.
All West Australians should think carefully about fire safety and refrain from taking part in any activities that could result in fire.
“Reconsider any plans you have that could start a fire such as lighting a camp fire, using a chainsaw or lawnmower, carrying out any grinding, welding, or other forms of ‘hot works’ or using an incinerator,” Mr Bailey said.
“It really comes down to common sense and refraining or postponing any potentially harmful activities to protect your family and your community.”
For more information about weather conditions visit www.bom.gov.au or for information on Fire Danger Ratings in your area visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au
Media Contact: FESA Media and Public Affairs, 9225 5955.
Media Contact: Bureau of Meteorology, 9263 2252.



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