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Media Release

Weekend of difficult fire conditions ahead
Friday 17 January 2014 – 5:00 PM

Southern parts of Western Australia, including the metropolitan area, are facing another weekend of hot, windy conditions with an increased risk of bushfire.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Operations Command Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey said the forecast weather could make fire suppression difficult.

"We are expecting hot weather with gusty easterly winds in which bushfires can start suddenly and spread very quickly,” he said.  

"These conditions are not uncommon for this time of year but people need to be vigilant in the coming days.

"It is simple, a well prepared home is more likely to survive a bushfire than an unprepared one.

"Bushfire risks are heightened throughout the summer months and you need to have your bushfire survival plan in place ahead of time.

"If you plan to stay and actively defend your home you need to ensure you are physically and mentally prepared, and have the right equipment and resources.

"You should leave for a safer place if you have any doubts about defending your home, it is critical that the decision you make is based on your survival.”

People should get to know the daily fire danger ratings in their area and use the information to decide what to do.

If people are not prepared to the highest level, leaving bushfire prone areas early on high risk days is the safest option.

Deputy Commissioner Bailey said bushfire safety is a responsibility we all share.

"Career and volunteer firefighters across the State are doing everything they can to prepare for the adverse weather, and all members of the community must play their part,” he said.

To help prepare your home and family, a copy of Prepare. Act. Survive. is available at www.areyouready.wa.gov.au or by calling 1800 709 355.​


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