Residents in the Midwest Gascoyne, Great Southern and Goldfields Midlands are being urged to prepare their families and properties this weekend, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting dangerous fire conditions on Tuesday.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Acting Assistant Commissioner Country Murray Bawden said the predicted weather conditions will make it extremely hard for firefighters to bring bushfires under control.
“Tuesday is predicted to bring a dangerous combination of 40 km/h strong winds, temperatures in the high 30s, and possible dry lightning,” A/Assistant Commissioner Bawden said.
“These are extremely bad conditions for a fire, and DFES is getting ready by putting preformed incident management teams and strike forces on standby.”
“Tuesday also coincides with the anniversary of the 2015 Esperance fires, with it being a stark reminder of the heartbreaking destruction bushfires can cause.”
A/Assistant Commissioner Bawden said DFES is getting ready for the bad fire weather, however everyone needs to play their part.
“This weekend sit down with your family and have a chat about what you will do if a bushfire occurs, and make sure you have an emergency kit ready to go.
“Also take the time to prepare your property by pruning back trees, cutting long grass, clearing your roof gutters and removing rubbish from around your house – taking an hour to prepare now will give you, your family and property the best chance of surviving a bushfire.
“On Tuesday you will need to be extra vigilant of your surroundings, and if you see smoke and flames report it immediately to triple zero and put you bushfire survival plan into action.”
For more information about preparing for and responding to bushfire visit emergency.wa.gov.au
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