Severe fire danger and total fire ban issued for SW

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Weather conditions prompt fire danger warnings and total fire bans for South West towns.
Camera IconWeather conditions prompt fire danger warnings and total fire bans for South West towns. Credit: Graphic / South Western Times

A severe fire danger warning has been issued for the South West.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services says weather conditions are “very” hot, dry and windy with the potential for bush or grass fires.

A total fire ban has also been declared for Bunbury, Capel, Dardanup and Harvey all day tomorrow.

It follows a severe weather warning for the region after Bureau of Meteorology today warned residents to prepare for unseasonal wet and windy weather.

The fire danger advice is in place for the shires of Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Collie, Donnybrook-Balingup, inland parts of Harvey and central and eastern parts of Dardanup.

“If a fire starts and takes hold, it will be unpredictable, move very fast and difficult for firefighters to bring under control,” the warning from DFES said.

“If you live in or near bush, high fuel loads or a forested area then you are at risk and need to take action.”

Those at risk are advised to read through bushfire survival plans, leave bushfire risk areas if not prepared and be physically and mentally prepared to defend if decided upon.

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