Bush­fire risk is still high

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Sarah Brookes

PRE­SCRIBED burn­ing and past bush­fires have re­duced the risk of cat­a­strophic fires across the Dar­ling Range this sum­mer, but an above av­er­age fire risk re­mains in place.

The 2018 South­ern Aus­tralia Sea­sonal Bush­fire Out­look re­ported higher fuel loads have been frag­mented into smaller parcels, which had re­duced fire po­ten­tial ar­eas in the met­ro­pol­i­tan area.

How­ever, Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Com­mis­sioner Dar­ren Klemm warned West Aus­tralians not to be com­pla­cent.

“We are in a much bet­ter po­si­tion this year than we were a few years ago, largely as a re­sult of bush­fire risk man­ag­ing plan­ning by lo­cal gov­ern­ments and the State’s pre­scribed burn­ing pro­gram,” he said.

“But more than 90 per cent of WA is bush­fire prone, and there is no pre­dict­ing when and where it might oc­cur.

“It’s ex­tremely im­por­tant that the com­mu­nity takes ac­tion to pre­pare now to re­duce the im­pact of these po­ten­tially cat­a­strophic events.”

He urged peo­ple to take re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure the safety of their fam­i­lies.

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