Australians need to prepare for the possibility of significant bushfires on the
weekend, with high temperatures and strong winds likely to create dangerous
fire conditions in the southern half of the State, including Perth.
temperatures in Perth reach the predicted maximum on Saturday, it will be the
earliest occurrence of a 40-degree day in November since records began. The
Wheatbelt and Goldfields regions will also experience extreme fire danger
ratings on Sunday.
of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Deputy Commissioner Craig Waters urged
the public to be aware of their surroundings and act immediately if they see
smoke or flames.
weekend’s conditions mean the smallest of fires can escalate quickly and become
unstoppable, so you need to take steps now to ensure you are prepared,” Deputy
Commissioner Waters said.
firechat.wa.gov.au and have a
five-minute Fire Chat with your family about what you will do if a bushfire
threatens your area.
need to know what your triggers are to leave, where you will go and how you
will get there. Knowing these three things will give you the greatest chance of
survival should a bushfire occur.”
Commissioner Waters said firefighters are ready to respond but safety was everyone’s
will never be as many fire trucks as there are homes. You cannot wait for a
text or a knock on the door – you need to take action and stay up-to-date via
the emergency.wa.gov.au website, follow
DFES on Facebook, listen to your local ABC, or call 13 DFES (13 3337),” he
Meteorology Acting State Manager for Western Australia James Ashley said a combination of high temperatures, strong winds and dry
conditions would lead to Severe to Extreme fire danger ratings for parts of
high-pressure system moving into the Bight will direct hot and dry North
Easterly winds over the west coast on Saturday, causing temperatures to
increase to 40°C in some places, including Perth,” Mr Ashley said.
hot air will move eastwards on Sunday, and the eastern Wheatbelt, Goldfields
and South East Coastal districts are likely to experience temperatures in the
high 30's with Severe to Extreme Fire Weather conditions.
Perth reaches its predicted top of 40°C on Saturday, it will be the earliest a
40°C day has been recorded at Perth in November, and only the 3rd
time it has reached 40°C in November since temperature records began in Perth
For more information on how to prepare
and respond to bushfires visit emergency.wa.gov.au. Stay up to date with weather information
by monitoring the latest forecasts and warnings at http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/.