Fire chief warns of heightened fire danger
HEAVY winter rains delayed the start of this year’s fire season but increased undergrowth and an unusually hot summer are likely to increase the bushfire risk in many parts of WA, the State Government has warned.
The 2021 National Seasonal Bushfire Outlook predicts an above-average risk for Perth and large parts of the Midwest, Gascoyne, Pilbara, South-West and Great Southern regions.
High moisture levels in Souh-West soil and vegetation have enabled emergency services to conduct fire mitigation activities throughout spring.
State Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said it was critical that all residents adopted an emergency bushfire plan to deal with any threats that may emerge during the next few months.
“Rainfall in recent months has increased fuel loads, which has increased the risk for areas with woody vegetation such as the South-West Land Division,” he said.
“Everyone should develop a bushfire plan now.
“If you are threatened by a bushfire, preparation will help you make sound decisions, such as when to leave, where to go, and how you will get there.
“More than 90 per cent of our State is bushfire-prone.
“All it takes is one hot windy day to cause a fire to escalate.
“Everyone should stay aware of the conditions in their area and visit Emergency WA for current alerts and warnings.”
To create an emergency bushfire plan for your home or business, please visit mybushfireplan.wa.gov.au.