authorities are calling for Western Australians to prepare for the upcoming bushfire
season with above normal fire potential predicted for parts of the State.
autumn weather conditions and increased fuel loads mean the fire risk is high
throughout the State with the greatest threat in the South West, western parts
of the Great Southern, south east coastal parts of the Goldfields Midlands and
parts of the Pilbara and north Midwest Gascoyne.
warning follows the release this week of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC 2017 Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire
of Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey said the conditions
could bring devastating bushfires and it was important everyone prepare
themselves and their properties as early as possible.
State is prone to bushfires and no matter what the risk level in your area, a
fire can happen anywhere at any time, so we cannot afford to be complacent,” Deputy
Commissioner Bailey said.
ensure the safety and protection of you and your family, it is important you
write down your bushfire survival plan and take action to reduce the fuel loads
and potential fire dangers around your home.”
Commissioner Bailey said preparation and planning are the key to surviving a
major bushfire and he urged the community to work together to ensure they are
as well prepared as possible.
needs to play their part. Prepare your home and property whether you plan to
stay and defend or leave, write down your plan, ensure friends and family are
aware of your intentions, share your plan with neighbours, pay attention to
environmental signs and look out for each other,” he said.
State has experienced disastrous bushfires that have caused significant
destruction and heartbreak for the communities affected and this seasonal
outlook reminds us it is likely to happen again.”
and people travelling through risk areas over the bushfire period are advised
to monitor and respond to bushfire advice and warnings.
more information about preparing your family and home, including instructions
on preparing a bushfire survival plan, visit: www.emergency.wa.gov.au/prepare
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