With 80 per cent of the State at increased risk of bushfire, home owners are being urged to prepare for what is predicted to be another tough and challenging season for Western Australia.
On the eve of Bushfire Action Week (October 16-23), Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson and Environment and Water Minister Bill Marmion said all government agencies were committed to prioritising the safety of the community with information on how to prepare for bushfires.
Mr Johnson said that this was not a season for complacency after last year’s bushfire season was one of the worst on record, with houses lost and fire fighters putting their lives at risk to defend people and property.
“We have seriously considered key findings and recommendations from recent bushfire reviews and studies, and changes are now being implemented,” he said.
“This season looks set to be just as demanding, with recent rainfalls generating abundant grassland fuels in many areas across the State.
“The Kimberley is already experiencing some of the worst conditions and highest fuels on record, and the south of the State is likely to follow suit, particularly in the Mid-West and Goldfields.
“While Western Australians can be assured that the State’s fire and emergency services are being improved and enhanced in readiness for the bushfire season, local residents also have a key role to play.
“No matter how prepared our fire and emergency services agencies are, people who live in high bushfire risk areas must do their part and develop a plan to prepare and protect their homes and families during a bushfire.”
Mr Marmion said the Water Corporation had released the ‘Bushfires and your water supply’ booklet, which advised home owners who planned to stay and actively defend during a bushfire to stock at least 20,000 litres of water in a concrete or steel tank.
“It is likely during a bushfire that water and power supplies could be disrupted so if your bushfire survival plan is to stay and actively defend your home, you need to have an independent water supply,” he said.
Mr Marmion said prescribed burning programs had been carried out in strategic locations across the State to minimise the spread of summer bushfires and lessen the impact of bushfire on conservation values.
“While these programs certainly help to protect the community, people must do everything they can to ensure they are ready for the bushfire season,” he said.
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