Es­caped burns is­sue

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

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.

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