Fire Warning System

In our last blog we discussed what the Fire Danger Ratings mean, but what happens when a Bushfire starts? Do you know how to stay up to date with the threat? And do you know what each the the alert levels mean? During a bushfire, DFES and the Parks and Wildlife Services of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will issue community alerts and warnings for bushfires that threaten…

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What do the Fire Danger Ratings Mean?

It is likely that you have seen the fire danger ratings scale, but what do the different categories mean and how can they help you to stay safe? Understanding the fire danger rating categories, and what they mean to you, will help you make decisions about what to do if a bushfire starts. There are 6 Fire Danger Ratings (FDR), these are based on the forecasted weather conditions and give advice…

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Unattended Burn Offs

Last night, volunteer fire crews from all over the south west were in attendance to multiple fires that had gotten out of control.  The image below from Emergency WA (courtesy of Dunsborough Fire and Rescue) showed the number of fires through the south west as at 3.30 pm. There were extensive warnings of the storm front that was due (and did arrive) and from Tuesday warnings were issued to stop…

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What do the Bushfire Consultants levels mean?

We are lucky enough to live in Western Australia, but some areas are among the most fire prone in the world, and the threat of uncontrolled bushfires is increasing. As bushfire consultants it is our aim to reduce the risk of bushfires, and to improve the safety and resilience of communities in bushfire events. To become a bushfire consultant, we must meet criteria based on specific accreditation and competency requirements,…

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Apologies and New Address

Hi all Firstly sorry for the lack of posts, the year began in a flurry of bush fires here in the south west of Australia, then work got busy and trying to complete studies as well, it just got too much. Anyway, were back to start up again and with the fire season looming, I’m going to post on Facebook and Twitter (links above – don’t forget to like the…

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Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas

On Monday 7th December 2015, the Western Australian Government gazetted a new planning policy for bushfire prone areas in WA. State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas was released to supersede the previous SPP 3.4 Natural Hazards and Disasters. The new SPP plans to provide greater consistency and application in risk-based land use planning and development within areas prone to bushfire. The new policy can be downloaded from…

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Spring and BAL Assessments

Hi and sorry for the lack of posting in recent months. It’s been a crazy spring, I’ve had a lot of rare flora surveys as well as the usual fauna surveys to conduct. I’ve had help from a botanist friend of mine and been looking at some really interesting plants. I’ll talk more about this in a later post. Well summers nearly here and the weathers warming up. Time to…

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Western Ringtail Possim

Western Ringtail Possum Surveys

Surveys for Western Ringtail Possums Hi all. I’ve been busy doing surveys for Western Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus occidentale) lately and while it’s not the key time for them to be active, sometimes you need to find out what’s happening at a site to help plan ahead. I’ve often been asked by clients, what’s involved in doing a survey and how do I know that I’ve searched enough for a particular…

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Hello and welcome

Hello and welcome to the Ecosystem Solutions blog. As you can probably tell, this is the first post I have made and I thought I would do a brief introduction and tell you my expectations from this blog. My name is Gary McMahon and I started Ecosystem Solutions in August 2005 (yep, the 10 year anniversary is just around the corner!). Prior to that I worked in numerous nature conservation…

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