City discusses fire strategy

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
Rockingham career firefighters attend a blaze.
Camera IconRockingham career firefighters attend a blaze. Credit: WA News, Rob Duncan

The City of Rockingham is preparing for an above-average fire season following the release of a bushfire report that has forecast warmer than average weather conditions this October.

According to the 2019 Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook released by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Co-operative Research Centre last month, a higher-than-normal fire risk could be looming for the region due to rainfall deficiencies and warmer-than-average forecast conditions.

The City’s Bush Fire Advisory Committee met last week to discuss its own readiness for the fire season and the outcome of bushfire risk mitigation activities it had carried out during autumn and winter.

While Lake Cooloongup Regional Park was flagged as one of the City’s top priorities in managing fuel loads, Mayor Barry Sammels said all regional parks in the area were subject to ongoing discussion with risk assessment and the planning and implementation of treatment as required.

Fire and Emergency services commissioner Darren Klemm has also urged residents to be prepared early, by reducing potential fire dangers around the home and developing their bushfire survival plans. Fire management plan inspections across the City are set to be conducted in October and November, with the City’s fire break inspection program beginning from December 1.

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In the coming months the City will also engage with the community to increase bushfire awareness.

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