Bushfire risk high this year

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

North West residents have been warned to prepare for a potentially catastrophic bushfire season after higher fuel loads than usual were produced because of heavy rainfall during the wet season.

Since the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC 2017 Northern Australia Season Bushfire Outlook indicated above-normal bushfires for parts of the Kimberley and Pilbara regions, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services has allocated 16 additional firefighting vehicles to the regions.

DFES Pilbara superintendent Peter McCarthy encouraged communities to prepare now and take extra precautions when travelling.

“Anyone that lives or travels in bushfire-prone areas should have a plan which includes gathering information before they set out to check whether there’s any burning on their route and also that if you’re in an urban area close to bushland, you need to have a plan on where you’re going to move to if the time comes,” he said.

Mr McCarthy said the extra vehicles would help local volunteer firefighters respond quickly.

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People travelling through the Pilbara are advised to carry a bushfire survival kit including a portable radio, first aid kit, woollen blankets, spare batteries and plenty of drinking water. Mr McCarthy advised locals to call triple-0 if they saw signs of a fire.

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