Severe wind alarm spurs burn alert
A severe weather warning has prompted the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to urge landowners to extinguish private burns before strong winds hit the region today.
Firefighters hope to avoid a repeat of a spate of more than 30 bushfires which began from private burns earlier this month.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services Great Southern Superintendent Wayne Green said winds of up to 50km/h were expected to hit the region today.
“A couple of weeks ago was the catalyst when open burn season was declared across the majority of the region and then we got caught out with strong winds that came with the severe weather warning but with no rain behind it.”
Earlier this week the City of Albany also urged residents to ensure any burning was fully extinguished, with a front and expected strong winds due today and tomorrow.
Mr Green said although conditions seemed benign, it did not take much for a burn to escape because of the dry conditions and unpredictable weather.
“People would have noticed how their burns are taking off and our bush is no different so any neighbouring bush will take off quickly,” he said.