Residents Urged To Prepare For Looming Bushfire Season

04 November 2020 11:45 AM

City of Kalamunda residents are being warned against complacency as we head into bushfire season.

Mayor Margaret Thomas issued the timely reminder in the lead up to the official start of the fire ban season which runs from 1 December to 31 March. She also explained permits are required for burning from now until 30 November but warned they are automatically suspended if a total fire ban is declared.

“With the weather already warming up, local bush land and grasses are drying off quickly meaning fire could strike at any time so it is vital property owners are prepared,” Cr Thomas said.

“We have compiled an amazing amount of information to help residents and property owners prepare their homes and family available online at our website however, any residents needing information and advice can call the City and speak with one of the team.”

Information regarding practising bushfire safety, understanding fire danger ratings, knowing what to burn, understanding firebreaks and when they’re needed, property preparedness and alternative options is available to shed light on this important topic.

“Please take five minutes now to think about how well prepared you would be in the event of a bushfire,” Cr Thomas said.

“Look around your property and make a plan - clean the gutters, remove combustibles such as flammable liquids or stockpiled newspaper or cardboard, make sure hoses can reach all corners of the property and create or update your bushfire survival plan to ensure you and your family know what to do when faced with a bushfire.

Last bushfire season, 33 Australians tragically lost their lives and 2,439 homes were destroyed in NSW in catastrophic blazes.

“What we saw unfold last summer was shocking, in regard to the total area burnt, lives lost and homes destroyed,” Cr Thomas said. “None of us want this to happen again anywhere, so I urge residents to get prepared.”

Find information here about hazard reduction burning, required notifications and obtaining fire permits or alternatively, email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

© City of Kalamunda 2020