Kimberley communities and holidaymakers encouraged to be bushfire ready
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is urging Kimberley residents and holidaymakers to be bushfire ready with the northern bushfire season already underway.
DFES Kimberley Superintendent Grant Pipe said vegetation was drying out earlier than usual this year, meaning greater potential for bushfires early in the season.
“People living near bushland should prepare now,” Superintendent Pipe said.
“Being prepared means having a well-considered survival plan which outlines what you and your family will do in the event of a bushfire.
“Prepare your property by clearing vegetation and anything that can burn from around your home.”
Superintendent Pipe said holidaymakers and tourists in the area also needed to be aware of the risks, and should familiarise themselves with the bushfire warning system.
“Travellers need to understand that bushfires can happen suddenly and without warning,” he said.
“Having a clear understanding of the bushfire warning system can help you decide what to do in the event of a bushfire.
“In previous years bushfire smoke has reduced visibility on Great Northern Highway and other travel routes, and we are again reminding motorists to slow down, turn on their headlights, and only proceed if it is safe.”
Firefighters responded to 585 bushfires in the Kimberley last year, 10 of which were caused by weather conditions, 51 accidental, 207 undetermined and 317 deliberate or suspicious.
Superintendent Pipe urged the community to be vigilant and immediately report any unusual behaviour or suspicious vehicles to WA Police on 131 444.
Suspicious activities can also be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
For more information on how to prepare, act, and survive during a bushfire, including information for travellers and campers, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au
Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9225 5955
About the Bushfire Warning System:
DFES issues alerts for bushfires that threaten lives and property. The level of alert reflects the level of risk to the community.
Advice: There is no immediate danger but you need to be aware and keep up to date.
Watch and Act: A fire is approaching and conditions are changing so you need to leave or get ready to actively defend your property. If you plan to stay and defend, you should be thoroughly prepared with firefighting equipment and protective clothing.
Emergency Warning: You are in danger and need to take immediate action to survive.
All Clear: The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.