Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell has marked Bushfire Action Week as a call for all West Australians living near bushland to prepare for a challenging fire season ahead of a dry winter.
Shire of Esperance Community Emergency Services Coordinator Mel Ammon said that local fire brigades were surprised at how well the bush has been burning when pre-season controlled burns were carried out prior to fire restrictions being set.
“We have had a couple of early hot days so far this year as well as a relatively early arrival of northerly winds,” Mrs Ammon said.
“This means vegetation has dried out quite early, so if we get the dry thunderstorms through November we may be in a bit of trouble.”
Mrs Ammon said that Esperance residents need to be vigilant at all times.
We chose to live in this environment for all the good reasons, but with it comes risks,” Mrs Ammon said.
“We need to be aware of bush fire risks in the areas we live and be responsible for our own safety.”
Mrs Ammon advised Esperance residents to acknowledge Bushfire Action Week by keeping gardens free of dried leaves, mow long grass, reposition wood heaps away from the house and have firebreaks in place by November 14.
“Having experienced a quiet season last year, we cannot become complacent in relation to bush fire; being prepared is so important,” Mrs Ammon said.
“Take the time now to decide what you would do if a fire was coming your way, and if you find yourself in that position stick to your plan.”