Bushfire risk is still high
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.