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Media Release

Wet winter creates above average fire risk
Thursday 6 September 2018 – 11:00 AM

An above average fire risk remains in place this season for major pockets of Western Australia including the Darling Range, South West and Great Southern, according to the 2018 Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook released today.

This is due to record winter rain and persistent dry soil experienced throughout parts of WA, which could lead to bigger and more frequent bushfires. 

In the Eucla, east of Norseman, the bushfire potential is higher than normal because of above average soil moisture and pasture growth, combined with pre-existing mature fuels.

Further north, cooler and wetter conditions were experienced in parts of the Pilbara, Gascoyne and Carnarvon wet seasons, which contributed to the accumulation of higher than average grass fuel loads. 

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM warned Western Australians not to be complacent.

“We are in a much better position this year than we were a few years ago, largely as a result of Bushfire Risk Managing Planning by Local Governments and the State’s prescribed burning program,” he said.

“But more than 90 per cent of Western Australia is bushfire prone, and there is no predicting when and where it might occur.

“It’s extremely important that the community takes action to prepare now to reduce the impact of these potentially catastrophic events,” Mr Klemm said. 

“I urge everyone to play their part by preparing your home and having a bushfire plan in place. 

“During an emergency, the community often relies on emergency services to be at their doorstop, but people must take responsibility to ensure the safety of themselves and family.” 

People travelling in these bushfire prone areas should keep updated with bushfire alerts and warnings by visiting emergencywa

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