According to the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre report, this year we have high fire risk forecasted for parts of WA amid the driest autumn in five years.
High bushfire risk for parts of Western Australia
Record rainfall last summer has contributed to large quantities of perennial grassland (fire fuel), combined with drying conditions as summer approaches.
The areas most at risk include the South West and western parts of the Great Southern regions, the Goldfields Midlands and parts of the Pilbara and north Midwest Gascoyne.
Fire authorities are calling for people to prepare their homes and update their bushfire activation plan immediately.
We’ve already seen instances of fires cropping up in WA, such as this one in Kununurra – don’t procrastinate your bushfire planning.
Bushfire activation plans should include an insurance review
That plan should include a review of your insurance solution – do you have any new machinery, extensions or renovations since the last time you reviewed your insurances with your broker? It doesn’t cost anything but time to make sure you’ve got that peace of mind, and it could save you heartache and money in the long run.
Look out for each other during high bushfire risk
In a Perth Now article, Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey, of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, said WA communities had known the heartbreak caused by bushfires and warned the seasonal outlook made it likely to happen again.
“Everyone needs to play their part. Prepare your home and property whether you plan to stay and defend or leave; write down your plan; ensure friends and family are aware of your intentions; share your plan with neighbours; pay attention to environmental signs and look out for each other,” he said.