With above normal fire potential predicted for parts of the State this upcoming bushfire season the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is calling on Western Australians to prepare themselves and their homes.
The warning follows the release of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC 2017 Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook.
Dry autumn weather conditions and increased fuel loads mean the fire risk is high throughout the State with the greatest threat in the South West region, western parts of the Great Southern, south east coastal parts of the Goldfields Midlands, and parts of the Pilbara and northern Midwest Gascoyne.
DFES 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.
“Everyone needs to play their part. Prepare your home and property whether you plan to stay and defend or leave, pay attention to environmental signs and look out for each other,” he said.
Deputy 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.
“This 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.”
For more information about preparing your family and home, including instructions on preparing a bushfire survival plan, visit EmergencyWA