Increased growth a fire risk
Significant rainfall across the North West during the 2019-2020 wet season from tropical cyclones Blake, Damien and Esther has led to increased vegetation growth.
But according to the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Australian Seasonal Outlook report, delays in curing and high soil moisture levels have not been conducive to significant bushfires occurring.
Bushfires in the Pilbara and Kimberley are expected from as early as June but this season only 4000 hectares of land has been burnt in the Kimberley compared to more than 55,000 over the same period last year.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said if the northern bushfire season was delayed any further, it could coincide with the southern season, placing pressure on resources across the State. “Those in the North West have been fortunate to have avoided a major bushfire up to now but complacency can be deadly. Being prepared is the best way to survive if disaster strikes,” he said.
Mr Klemm urged those living near bushland to take advantage of favourable conditions and start preparing their properties and develop a bushfire plan.
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