SW fireys brace for hot summer

Firefighters in the South West are bracing for a dangerous bushfire season amid tinder-dry soil conditions and forecasts of hotter than average weather this summer. The Weather Bureau yesterday released its seasonal outlook for November to January, predicting above-average temperatures across the South West. Although the bureau said there was a 65-70 per cent chance…

Tough start for fire volunteers

MORE than 400 firefighters spent five days containing an underground fire near Neerabup Lake. The peat fire started after lightning struck the area on Saturday, October 18. The fire burned underground until flames broke through the surface about noon on October 21. Wanneroo chief bush fire control officer Phil Hay said conditions were “very dangerous,…

‘Selfish’ thieves rob fire brigade’s shed

The group representing the State’s bushfire volunteers has slammed a recent burglary on the Quindanning Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade as “selfish”, calling the act “foolishness” of the highest order. The executive officer at the Association for Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, Darren Brown, came out in support of the 12 Quindanning volunteer firemen whose sheds were…

Owners flare share on prescribed burns

THE Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade has completed 29 prescribed burns this fire season. These comprise 18 prescribed burns vested with the City and 11 private property prescribed burns. “Prescribed burns form part of the brigade’s core operations. Operation costs are covered in the City’s budget under the law, order and public safety program,”…