Shire gets set for fire season challenges

Preparations are well underway in the Shire of Murray ahead of the coming fire season, with local brigades warning this year could be the toughest yet.

“This year, reports from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services advise that due to a longer and wetter winter, the fuel loads on the ground are higher than usual,” Shire President Cr Maree Reid said.

“With the weather heating up quickly, this points to our most challenging season yet.”

The Shire’s Chief Bush Fire Control Officer (CBFCO) Robert Wilson said he was ready and looking forward to once again working with his Brigades to ensure the protection of life and property. 

Shire President Cr Maree Reid said she is thankful for having such an experienced chief such as Mr Wilson to again be at the helm this season, and to have so many volunteers who risk their safety for the protection of the community.

“Only working together as one big team can we effectively manage and conquer the severe risk that the fire season brings,” she said.

The Shire was organising a pre-summer get together for the CBFCO, all Brigade Captains and Fire Control Officers to discuss strategies and foster a team approach.

Residents are encouraged to prepare for the upcoming bushfire season by having a Bushfire Survival Plan in place and removing or reducing fuel from around their house or property.

For more information go to www.emergency.wa.gov.au/prepare.

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