Drop in fire risk factors

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Some of the devestation caused by the 2015 O'Sullivan bushfire.
Camera IconSome of the devestation caused by the 2015 O'Sullivan bushfire. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Emergency fire services are now starting to plan for the upcoming bushfire season which is due to start around November.

The Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook report for September indicated there had been a reduction in the fire risk across the Warren region.

Bushfires in previous seasons and mitigation achieved through prescribed burns have meant the shrubbery is now fragmented into small segments.

Manjimup Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service captain Michael Whitelaw said this year it had fewer calls outs than average.

“Normally, we get about 50 to 60 calls a year, but they range from scrub fires to piles of rubbish at people’s houses, and then we have our bushfires as well as structural fires, and then car crashes too which we get a fair bit... we had 21 last year,” he said.

“We’ve only had one car fire, a chimney fire and a few false alarms this year.”

Mr Whitelaw said this drop in risk factors did not mean people should be less cautious or unprepared.

His team has been working on completing training for staff and now want to reach out to the community.

“We’ve got a few community events coming up, and there’s a garden day at the end of October where we will be holding a sausage sizzle and hopefully giving out some brochures and selling firefighter roses,” he said.

They will also be at the Cherry Harmony Festival at the end of the year to help teach the community more about fire safety and prevention.

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