Pause to prepare plans for animals and properties in a bushfire emergency – Government of Western Australia

Rural landholders and residents have been urged to prepare their properties and business operations for an elevated risk of bushfires this season. 
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has a wealth of preparatory measures on its Season 2022 webpage, as well as crucial advice for animal owners in the event of a fire emergency. 
DPIRD incident and emergency management director Pam I’Anson encouraged landholders to take action now. 
“It is not too late for landholders to implement fire mitigation activities and familiarise themselves with the emergency response actions and resources so they can act quickly and decisively if there is a fire.” 
The Season 2022 webpage includes a link to the Fire on Farms in Western Australia – Reducing the risks article with information on identifying hazards and how to make a farm fire-safe. 
There is also a link to an ‘Oats: hay production’ article with advice on how to prevent spontaneous combustion in hay sheds, caused by inadequate airflow. 
Visitors to the page can also find a link to the DFES website, where a free online Bushfire Plan template can be downloaded. 
More bushfire preparedness information for rural landholders is on DPIRD’s Season 2022 webpages found at www.agric.wa.gov.au.
 
Click here to read DPIRD’s full media statement. 
Picture caption: Barrier fence bordering dry paddock. Rural residents and landholders have been urged to prepare properties and plans for animals in the event of a bushfire emergency.  
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The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

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