As WA approaches the bushfire season, prescribed burns are underway in Perth’s surrounding areas and across the south-west region to protect communities.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has been taking advantage of favorable spring conditions to conduct the burns.
Large burns on forest areas and smaller burns near towns can reduce the risk of bushfire threat which helps to save lives, protect infrastructure and biodiversity values.
In order to ensure the safety of prescribed burns, suitable weather conditions, fuel moisture and other factors must be taken into consideration.
The Department stated that it aims to minimize the impact of smoke, and suggest people with condition exacerbated by smoke to take precautions.
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson says spring provides a short window for the department to undertake prescribed burns.
“The McGowan Government is committed to protecting the Western Australian community from the damaging impacts of bushfires using a collaborative approach to bushfire mitigation between government agencies, local government authorities and industry,” he said.
“The department will be undertaking prescribed burning over the coming weeks as part of its shared responsibility in keeping communities safe.
“The spring months allow a short window of opportunity for department staff and volunteers to safely undertake this vital work, and we thank the community for their patience and understanding during this time.”