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Firefighters brace for bad fire weather after a week battling massive bushfires

With bad fire weather on the way for the weekend, DFES is urging people to be alert and ready for more bushfires in southern parts of WA, including the Perth metropolitan area.

DFES Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm said the combination of temperatures in the high 30’s, strong and gusty winds, and lightning expected east of the Perth Hills will create dangerous fire conditions.

“Firefighters have been battling two major fires caused by lightning over the past week and have done an extraordinary job to save lives and homes.”

“With more dangerous weather on the way we are asking people across the state to be vigilant and ensure they are prepared in case further bushfires occur this weekend.”

Assistant Commissioner Klemm said it was essential to have a well thought out plan in place in case a bushfire breaks out suddenly near you.

“Have a bushfire plan ready, be aware of your surroundings and call 000 immediately to report a fire.”

“Around a third of all bushfires are started deliberately, so if you see any anyone acting suspiciously near a bushfire, please report it to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.”

Callers to Crimestoppers may remain anonymous if they wish. There is a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the conviction of a person for arson in the State of Western Australia.

Assistant Commissioner Klemm reminded people that a Total Fire Ban was in place both Saturday and Sunday.

“A Total Fire Ban also remains in place, so people should be aware that any activity that could start a fire is banned.”

More than 300 firefighters from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Department of Parks and Wildlife, Local Government Bush Fire Brigades and Victorian fire agencies are currently fighting two fires near Northcliffe and Boddington. State Emergency Service volunteers, WA Police and several other agencies are also assisting.

The Northcliffe fire is the biggest fire in the South West since the Dwellingup fires of 1961. The perimeter of the fire is currently 300km. The perimeter of the fire near Boddington is 145km long.

For information on preparing for bushfires visit www.areyouready.wa.gov.au

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