Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade say fuel loads near Prevelly and Gnarabup are at a similar level to 2011, before the devastating bushfire that destroyed 39 homes.Picture: Picture: Sean Blocksidge/Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade, Sean Blocksidge/Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.

AMR Times: Fuel load alert issued

Residents in coastal areas have been warned about complacency as fuel loads return to levels seen before the devastating 2011 Margaret River bushfires. Wallcliffe Volunteer Bushfire Brigade has urged all residents, especially in the coastal areas from Wilderness to Prevelly and Gnarabup, to implement bushfire plans and clear dead wood from around homes. “A quick…

QoN: Terry Redman to Minister for Environment re Enhanced Prescribed Burning Program

The following Question on Notice was asked by the Member for Warren-Blackwood Terry Redman MLA and answered in Parliament today by the Member for Baldivis Reece Whitby representing the Minister for Environment Hon Stephen Dawson MLC Mr D.T. Redman to the minister representing the Minister for Environment; Disability Services: I refer to the Royalties for Regions…

WA Gov’t: Volunteers and staff praised for Great Southern firefighting efforts

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is pleased to learn that the Minister and senior bureaucrats visited Albany yesterday and have publicly acknowledged the “first-class” response provided by Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members from across WA and others. Thank you Minister Logan. Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan has praised the efforts of firefighters,…

Sunday Times: Burn-off fallout

ALBANY FIRESTORM REVIEW PREMIER Mark McGowan has announced a full review into two prescribed burns near Albany after the blazes tore through private property. Residents in Napier, Peaceful Bay, Redmond, Stirling Range and Elleker abandoned their properties during Thursday night’s firestorm. At least one home was destroyed, while outbuildings at a resort in Peaceful Bay…

The West: Academics call for burn rethink

The following article appeared in The West Australian Newspaper today. For the record, the AVBFB supports the need for carefully planned, strategic mitigation works – including prescribed burning – to minimise the risk of dangerous and costly (both financially and environmentally) wildfires. As such, we welcome evidence-based discussion about how mitigation practises can be improved…

QwN: Bushfire mitigation

The following Question without Notice was asked by the Hon Colin de Grussa and answered in Parliament yesterday by the Hon Stephen Dawson as Minister for Environment BUSHFIRE MITIGATION Hon COLIN de GRUSSA to the Minister for Environment: I refer to feedback that regional offices within the minister’s portfolio that have firefighting capacity have been…