Catastrophic fire rating prompts reminder from City of Gosnells for residents to double-check bushfire readiness

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CITY of Gosnells residents are reminded to double-check they are bushfire ready, following the first ‘catastrophic’ fire danger rating for the season .

Bushfire brigade volunteers spent winter and spring completing training and conducting fuel reduction burns on public and private land in readiness for another busy summer.

Catastrophic is the highest fire danger rating according to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Rangers are now inspecting properties to ensure they comply with the City’s annual fire hazard reduction notice.

City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said the fire season had officially arrived and it was now “up to residents to check requirements for their properties, take action now to prepare themselves and their properties, and plan what they will do in the event of a bushfire”.

As of December 1 all burning is prohibited.

Information on the City’s Fire Hazard Reduction Notice, Prohibited Burning Periods and joining the volunteer bushfire brigade can be found at www.gosnells.wa.gov.au.

Advice on how to prepare and updates on current incidents can be found on the new Emergency WA website www.emergency.wa.gov.au.

Fire danger rating: what does it mean?

Catastrophic 100+: These are the worst conditions for a bush or grass fire. If a fire starts and takes hold, it will be extremely difficult to control and will take significant firefighting resources and cooler conditions to bring it under control

Severe 50-74 and extreme 75-99: These are very hot, dry and windy conditions for a bush or grass fire. If a fire starts and takes hold, it will be unpredictable, move very fast and difficult for firefighters to bring under control

Very high 32-49: These are hot dry and windy conditions. Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety

High 12-31 and low-moderate 0-1: If a fire starts, it is likely to be controlled in these conditions and homes can provide safety