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.

Fires in the SW 24/5/2018

There were extensive warnings of the storm front that was due (and did arrive) and from Tuesday warnings were issued to stop burning due to the strong winds forecast. Unfortunately many did not heed those warnings, with some people locally starting their burn offs and then leaving them while they drove back to Perth.

Just because it’s overcast doesn’t mean its safe to burn. There are a number of lessons from this:

  • Listen to and heed warnings issued by DFES – if it says you shouldn’t burn, please don’t !;
  • Never, never, never leave your burn off unattended, monitor it until its been blacked out totally (even when you think its out, it still can reignite with a change of wind conditions);
  • Consider your neighbour’s  that may be at risk if your fire gets away:
  • Remember that is your local volunteer crews, that give up their time, leave their warm homes and families, to go into rain, wind and fire to defend and protect your properties. The least you can do is stay and make sure your fire is out.

Ok, rant over, Stay safe over the coming days and thoughts are with those crews in Albany region still battling their fires and the local crews that are heading down to help them.


cheers Gary.

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