Burns to reduce fire risk

Controlled burns will get underway this week to reduce the risk of bushfire in the City over the coming summer period.

Arranged by the City of Karratha, and carried out by local Volunteer Fire & Rescue Brigades, burns are set to take place in Dampier, behind the Karratha Hills and behind the Karratha Industrial Estate.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said these burns form a major part of the City’s program of works to minimise bushfire risk in the community.

“The hazard reduction burn program and other mitigation works such as fire break installation are key to protecting our community from the risks of bushfire,”

“These burns are carried out not only to protect our community members and property but also to provide a safer environment for our firefighters when combatting these emergencies in the future,” he said.

“The controlled burns are also valuable training tools for our brigades ahead of the summer season.”

The City is currently preparing a Bushfire Risk Management Plan to protect the community against the future risk of bushfires and will be contacting key stakeholders to assist in its development.

This plan and all associated works are supported by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Commonwealth Government’s National Bushfire Mitigation Program.

Should weather permit, the first controlled burn will take place onSaturday 20 August and residents are asked to take care when driving near the Karratha Industrial Estate.

For more information on bushfires and how to remain vigilant visit www.karratha.wa.gov.au/cyclones-fires-emergency-plans and www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/fire/bushfire/Pages/default.aspx