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Media Release

Fire warning amid hot and dry conditions
Friday 14 September 2012 – 4:55 PM

With hot, dry and windy conditions expected in the Pilbara and Kimberley this weekend, FESA is urging everyone to stay alert and know what to do in the event of a bushfire. 
Bureau of Meteorology Manager of Severe Weather Services Andrew Burton said the North West is now entering the peak period of its bushfire season. 
“Adverse fire weather conditions will occur frequently over the next couple of months,” he said.
FESA District Officer East Kimberley Tony Stevenson said that bushfires can start and spread quickly. “If you live in or near bush, fire is a real risk to you and your family,” he said.  
“Much of the north is naturally fire prone and dry conditions can make bushfires burn more intensively.
“If a fire starts in these dry conditions, it can be difficult to control and could spread rapidly.
“Firefighters may not be able to reach you in time to protect you and your property so you need to be prepared and make sure your whole family knows what to do if a bushfire starts nearby.”
Mr Stevenson said that people needed to exercise common sense and be ready to act.
“We urge people not to be complacent because they think it won’t happen to them,” he said.
“As a precautionary measure, everyone should avoid taking part in any activities that could result in 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.
“Most firefighters in the Kimberley are volunteers and take time away from their families to fight bushfires. 
You need to help them by doing what you can to prepare yourself and keep safe.”
For more information about weather conditions visit www.bom.gov.au or for information on Fire Danger Ratings and bushfire safety visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au 


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