WA Fire and Emergency Management Commissioner Darren Klemm warns that rain increases the risk of forest fires this summer

As eastern parts of Australia prepare for more floods this summer, Western Australia faces a higher risk of forest fires due to recent rains.

Above average forest fires are expected for Perth and large parts of Midwest-Gascoyne, Pilbara, South West and Great Southern.

Heavy rainfall in recent months has increased the load of grass fuel in parts of WA, according to the 2021 National Seasonal Bushfire Outlook.

DFES Commissioner Darren Klemm.  Pictured during a press conference at Dumas House regarding an update on Cyclone Seroja and COVID-19.  APRIL 12, 2021 Photo: Danella Bevis Vestaustralieren
Camera iconDFES Commissioner Darren Klemm. Credit: Danella Bevis/The Western Australian

Daily temperatures are expected to be above average for most of the state.

“Rain in recent months has increased fuel loads, which has increased the risk of areas of woodland such as the South West Land Division,” WA Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said Thursday.

“We urge the public not to be complacent because of the high rainfall we have seen this year – everyone should develop a bushfire plan now.”

Normal fire conditions are expected for the rest of WA, with the far north expected to receive average rainfall during the wet season.

Australian meteorologists have stated that a La Nina weather event is underway, with the country’s wettest spring for 10 years continuing into the summer.

Camera iconFirefighters at the Wooroloo fire. Credit: AAP

However, the Bureau of Meteorology says the impact of La Nina in WA will be “significantly less” than in the eastern states.

The Wooroloo bushfire in northeastern Perth in February burned through nearly 11,000 acres of bushland, destroying 86 homes as well as livestock, sheds and machinery.

Daniel Gunter Preuss, 40, has been accused of failing to exercise due diligence while in charge of an ignition source, and of violating a total burning ban. It is alleged that his use of an angle grinder triggered the devastating fire.

A bushfire task force will operate seven days a week from November to April, with WA police officers patrolling hot spots.

Rewards of up to $ 50,000 are offered for information about arsonists.


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