Escaped burns issue
This weekend’s stormy weather is likely to spell an end to a frantic unwanted workload for the region’s volunteer bushfire fighters.
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River community emergency services co-ordinator Chris Lloyd told councillors on Wednesday the past few months had seen a worrying surge in escaped private burn-offs.
Brigades have attended 101 fires in the current financial year, up from 66 last year.
Local brigades said in the past three weeks many brigades had been diverted from controlled burns to attend other incidents.
“All Parks and Wildlife resources need to be tasked to patrolling their own burns, not wasting efforts on private landowner burns,” a Wallcliffe Volunteer Bushfire Brigade spokesman said.
Before the Times went to press, landowners were asked to extinguish all fires before fierce winds reached the region.