Windy conditions prompt fire risk warning for Perth Hills

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WINDY conditions have sparked a warning against private burns in the Perth Hills due to bushfire risk.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Service asked residents and land owners in the hills to delay any plans to burn until weather conditions eased.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting gusty northerly winds to develop in the area this afternoon with gusts expected to 55km per hour

Duty chief superintendent Gary Baxter said fire due to a set of unique weather conditions, today’s low to moderate Fire Danger Rating for the area was not a true reflection of the fire risk.

He said it was vital to delay burns until conditions improve to ensure the safety of the community.

“We only need to look to the Albany bushfires in May to see that big fires can take hold at any time of the year,” he said.

“Today’s predicted strong winds could easily fuel a small fire and turn it into a disaster.

“Don’t risk damaging your or your neighbour’s property. Wait until the weather improves to undertake mitigation activities.

“If you see smoke or flames, call Triple Zero immediately.”