Res­i­dents must be pre­pared for sum­mer bush­fire sea­son

South Western Times - - News -

THE onus is on Bun­bury res­i­dents to pre­pare for the bush­fire sea­son, ac­cord­ing to fire au­thor­i­ties.

The warn­ing comes fol­low­ing a report the South West is be­ing warned to brace for an above nor­mal fire po­ten­tial due to dry au­tumn weather con­di­tions and in­creased fuel loads.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2017 South­ern Aus­tralia Sea­sonal Bush­fire Out­look re­leased by the Bush­fire and Nat­u­ral Haz­ards CRC, there is po­ten­tial for above nor­mal bush­fire ac­tiv­ity in the south­ern parts of the Swan Coastal Plain, the South­ern Jar­rah For­est and the War­ren bio­geo­graphic re­gions.

Bun­bury City Coun­cil com­mu­nity safety emer­gency man­age­ment team leader Chris Wid­mer said it was equally as im­por­tant for res­i­dents in the city to pre­pare for bush­fires as it is for those who lived near bush­land.

“A fire might start in bush­land but em­bers can fly far,” he said.

“We can’t do any­thing about the weather, but we can min­imise fuel load­ing and be pre­pared,” he said.

Mr Wid­mer en­cour­aged peo­ple to be pre­pared and act now by re­duc­ing flammable ma­te­rial around their homes, in­clud­ing clear­ing de­bris and leaves from gut­ters and cut­ting long grass.

“Fam­i­lies should also talk about a sur­vival plan and where to meet in the case of sep­a­ra­tion,” he said.

“We need to bust the myth that it will never hap­pen to us, be­cause it can.”

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