Plan now for bushfires: City of Wanneroo

Wednesday’s fire was on the edge of Lake Joondalup.        d444797
Wednesday’s fire was on the edge of Lake Joondalup.        d444797

WITH the district’s first bushfire of the season last week, officials are reminding residents it’s time to prepare their homes for the threat of summer blazes.

It took eight fire crews two hours to quell a fire on the Wanneroo edge of Lake Joondalup on Wednesday.

City of Wanneroo Fire Service acting manager Gareth Deeg, whose volunteer firefighters assisted career officers, described a successful but tricky situation.

“It wasn’t a major fire, but it was an awkward place to get in to,” he said.

“Right on the edge of the swamp access was quite tough.”

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said they received a 000 call about 11.35am.

She said the fire burnt through about 1ha of bushland and was not near any buildings.

In preparation for fire season, Mr Deeg said new water-bombers would soon be arriving and shared throughout WA.

Fire crews are expecting more big bushfires to come after the disastrous blazes of recent years.

Quinns Rocks Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade is holding an awareness day at Ridgewood Park on Sunday from 10am.

Officers will explain bushfire survival plans and how to respond to various warnings.

See the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website at www.dfes.wa.gov.au or the City of Wanneroo website at www.wanneroo. wa.gov.au for bushfire planning information.