Good growth creates bushfire risk in northern WA

Good growth creates bushfire risk in northern WA

28 March 2008

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Australia — The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) says high summer rainfall across parts of the Kimberley and Pilbara has significantly increased the dry season bushfire risk.

Areas of the Kimberley have received record rainfall resulting in the substantial growth of vegetation, which poses an increased fire risk.

FESA and the Department of Environment and Conservation will begin aerial-controlled burning of crown and pastoral land in the next month.

FESA area manager Lee Vallance says individual landholders should also consider starting early season burning.

“Everywhere from as far as Kununurra in the north down to as far as the Pilbara have experienced a good growing season, so unfortunately I dare say that will be followed by a good fire season as well,” he said.

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