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Media Release

Arsonists endangering lives in State’s north as bushfire season begins
Wednesday 18 July 2018 – 11:00 AM

​Arsonists are endangering lives and risking jail time by deliberately lighting fires in our State’s north.

Between January 1 and June 30 this year there have been 239 bushfires, 138 of those were deliberately lit.

And in 2017 there were a total of 548 bushfires across the Kimberley, of which 326 were determined to be suspicious or deliberate.

Kimberley Acting Superintendent Brett Finlay said there had been a notable increase in the frequency and intensity of suspicious or deliberately lit fires in the region.

“These fires have a detrimental impact on the social, economic and cultural value of the region and can put pressure on emergency services resources,” Acting Superintendent Brett Finlay said.

“A bushfire is unpredictable and can spread quickly through the dry vegetation in northern WA without warning, devastating everything in its path”. 

The warning comes as the Kimberley and Pilbara regions prepare for the northern bushfire season.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC 2018 Northern Australia Season Bushfire Outlook released today indicates above normal fire potential for Dampierland, parts of the Pilbara and Carnarvon regions in the north.

Cooler and wetter conditions over the wet season has resulted in vegetation growth adding to fuel loads.

We urge the community to stay alert and report suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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