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Perth heatwave: DFES warns residents to prepare for bushfires

Perth residents urged to be bushfire ready as the city faces a heatwave.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has urged Perth residents to be prepared for bushfires as the city faces a heatwave.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted five days of maximums above 35 degrees Celsius for the first time since 2014, with the warm weather extending into next week.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM said that high temperatures and dry fuel conditions raised the prospect of fires igniting and escalating over the next week. 

“With windy weather conditions forecast for Thursday and Friday, the smallest of fires can get out of control rapidly, and we all need to be prepared for that very real possibility, he said.

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“Ninety percent of WA is bushfire-prone and, as we’ve seen with the recent bushfires in Tasmania and earlier in Queensland, there can never be a fire truck outside every house.” The commissioner said.

The first half of the 2018-19 bushfire season has been without major incident, Perth had not experienced a prolonged period of high temperatures until now.

Commissioner Kilmm said that we and DFES have had good success at getting on top of fires early so far this season, but we can never be complacent.

“People need to prepare by going to firechat.wa.gov.au and having a five-minute talk with their families about what they will do if a bushfire threatens their area.” He said.

You can keep up to date on warnings and incidents by visiting www.emergency.wa.gov.au.