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Media Release

Act decisively for the weekend’s dangerous fire conditions
Friday 10 January 2014 – 4:30 PM
With very hot, dry and windy conditions forecast across Perth and southern parts of Western Australia this weekend, people should act decisively now to prepare for a bushfire starting near them.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Operations Command Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey said in the forecast conditions fires would start suddenly, move quickly and be difficult to bring under control.
"The weekend weather forecast poses a very high bushfire risk for people in the metropolitan area and large parts the State,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner Bailey said the dangerous fire conditions meant that people should consider tonight what they do tomorrow during the hot weather and start taking action.
"Planning to plan is not a plan, you need to be ready to act,” he said.
"If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving bushfire risk areas early in the day is your safest option.”
Deputy Commissioner Bailey said as a preventative measure, a Total Fire Ban had been declared for a number of regions across WA for tomorrow including the Perth metropolitan area.
"DFES and volunteer firefighters across the State are doing everything we can to prepare for the dangerous fire weather this weekend,” he said.
"A Total Fire Ban, which makes it illegal to do anything that is likely to start a fire, will assist the community and emergency services in reducing the possibility that accidental fires will start.”
Deputy Commissioner Bailey said the rules around Total Fire Bans applied to everyone including residents, businesses and other organisations regardless of location.
"A Total Fire Ban affects us all, whether you live in urban or regional areas, and everyone needs to be aware of exactly what it means,” he said.
"For example when a Total Fire Ban is declared it prohibits the lighting of any fires in the open air and any other activities that may start a fire.
"Breaching a Total Fire Ban can result in serious penalties and even jail time, so no matter what your question, it is better to ask and find out than take a chance.”
Information on Total Fire Bans and a copy of Prepare. Act. Survive is available on the DFES website at www.dfes.wa.gov.au or by calling 1800 709 355.

Media Contact: DFES Media and Public Affairs 9225 5955



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