City of Armadale urges residents to be bushfire ready for summer

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RESIDENTS living in the City of Armadale are urged to ensure they are bushfire ready ahead of a potentially dangerous season.

The Bedfordale Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade will host a series of free presentations with tips to get bushfire ready.

A wet winter and spring has generated plenty of foliage on the ground with some of the tallest weeds the brigade has ever seen, expected to help fires spread faster once dry.

“It’s going to be more crucial than ever that homeowners be prepared and ready to implement their bushfire plan in an instant,” Bush Fire Ready co-ordinator Daniel Bremer said.

“One of the greatest lessons we learned from bushfires last year was the absolute necessity for home owners to be prepared, not just their properties but for themselves personally.”

The City of Armadale is urging people to reduce fuel loads on their properties now.

All property owners with an area more than 1200sq m require a Permit to Burn until November 30 if they wish to do a hazard reduction burn on their property.

Burning is prohibited from December 1 to March 31 so residents must act now.

“Anyone who has not prepared their property and is not bushfire ready puts the whole street at risk,” Mayor Henry Zelones said.

Ranger Services at the City of Armadale’s Administration Centre offer Permits to Burn on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3pm to 4pm or call Ranger Service on 9394 5000 during normal office hours for alternative arrangements.

Bushfire Ready Presentations at 2 Waterwheel Road, Bedfordale:

Tonight at 7pm

Thursday at 7pm

Saturday at 1pm

Sunday, November 6 at 1pm (session also includes a bushfire plan writing workshop)

Bushfire Ready brochures and information booklets are available at the City’s Administration Building or by visiting www.dfes.wa.gov.au.