Schools in fire zones
NEARLY 90 per cent of schools designated as bush fire-prone have not had extra preventative measures installed to reduce the risk of a fire spreading inside a school during a bushfire emergency.
Among the schools are Como Secondary College, Kensington Secondary School and Redcliffe Primary School.
In May, WA Education Minister Sue Ellery announced $6.75 million would be invested by the State Government to equip 222 schools with ember screens on evaporative airconditioners to guard against ember attacks.
The screens were a recommendation of the Keelty report into the RoleystoneKelmscott fire in 2011 that destroyed 71 homes.
In State Parliament recently, Ms Ellery admitted of the 223 school sites identified for the installation of ember screens as part of the 2018–19 program, only 29 sites have had the ember screens installed and 33 sites were in progress.
Ms Ellery said it was anticipated the 2018-19 ember screen program would be completed by the end of January 2019.
An above-average fire risk remains this season for major pockets of WA including the Darling Range, South West and Great Southern, according to the 2018 Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook.