The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has begun its annual Kimberley burning program in an effort to reduce the risk of severe bushfire this dry season.
The program will run from this week until late May and includes both prescribed burning on land and aerial burns.
DFES Kimberley Superintendent Grant Pipe said the program had been running successfully for many years and is well timed as the region faces an early bushfire season.
“Bushfires happen every dry season and the hazard reduction burning currently underway puts us in a better position to mitigate the risk to the community,” Superintendent Pipe said.
“Prescribed burns are vital to not only help us protect lives, but are essential for the protection of livestock and the unique flora and fauna of the Kimberley.”
The program will focus on reducing fuel loads near road sides and on pastoral land.
The burning will be conducted in partnership with the Kimberley Land Council, Department of Parks and Wildlife, Local Governments and pastoral stations.
Superintendent Pipe reminded motorists to be careful when travelling through areas affected by smoke.
“If you are driving in an area impacted by smoke, pull over, turn your hazard lights on and wait until the smoke clears,” he said.
People do not need to ring 000 to report controlled burning fires unless they believe lives or homes are under threat.
For more information contact the DFES Kimberley Regional Office on 08 9158 3200.
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