Time is run­ning out to be bush­fire ready

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore and Kate Field­ing

Bush­fire brigades are urg­ing home­own­ers to pre­pare for the fire sea­son be­fore it is too late.

The warn­ing comes as the State Govern­ment ramps up its bush­fire mit­i­ga­tion with sev­eral pre­scribed burns that have prompted a num­ber of smoke warn­ings in the re­gion.

“We’re brac­ing for a bad sea­son,” Leschenault Bush Fire Brigade cap­tain and Shire of Har­vey deputy chief bush fire con­trol of­fi­cer Michael Pa­palia said.

The shire’s fire­break in­spec­tions be­gin on De­cem­ber 1, but Mr Pa­palia warns that this is only a min­i­mum mea­sure.

“It’s quite pos­si­ble we will have some very bad days and when that weather comes is not the time to be hav­ing that con­ver­sa­tion,” he said.

Mr Pa­palia urges res­i­dents in both ru­ral and ur­ban set­tings to read through the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Bush­fire Prepa­ra­tion Toolkit and have a fam­ily dis­cus­sion about an evac­u­a­tion plan.

“Peo­ple need to make sure they have an evac­u­a­tion plan, es­pe­cially if they have kids, and make sure the kids know what the plan is so ev­ery­one is on the same page,” Mr Pa­palia

As­so­ci­a­tion of Vol­un­teer Bush Fire Brigades pres­i­dent Dave Gos­sage said res­i­dents could go one step fur­ther to in­crease com­mu­nity safety and re­silience.

“At your next so­cial or sport­ing group gath­er­ing make it an item on your meet­ing agenda,” Mr Gos­sage said.

“If you want a lo­cal vol­un­teer fire­fighter to come and have that five-minute chat, make con­tact with your lo­cal brigade.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Fran­cis Lo­gan said it was time for res­i­dents to play their part and take im­me­di­ate action to pre­pare them­selves, their fam­ily and prop­erty for bush­fires.

“No one can af­ford to be com­pla­cent,” Mr Lo­gan said.

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