Hon Judi Moylan

Bush fire updates available online

Acknowledging anxiety of the Pearce electorate following the Victorian bush fires, the Hon Judi Moylan MP encourages residents of the Pearce electorate to be aware of all the resources available for finding up-to-date information on bush fires. Mrs Moylan said while the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) does not issue a community announcement or media statement about every fire on its land unless it may threaten property, information on bush fires outside Fire and Emergency Service Association’s (FESA) jurisdiction can be obtained by visiting the DEC website, www.dec.wa.gov.au. This includes information about prescribed burns on land managed by DEC (State forests, timber reserves, national parks, conservation parks and nature reserves). Contacting your local government for information about bushfires or burn offs in areas outside Gazetted Fire Districts (which include towns and metropolitan areas managed by DEC) is also recommended. FESA will issue community emergency alerts when bush fires threaten lives or property in its jurisdiction. These are posted on the emergency alert page of FESA’s website, www.fesa.wa.gov.au/internet/Alerts/default.aspx. RSS feeds can deliver automatic updates to your desktop if you click on the RSS icon. Emergency alerts are also put on the recorded information line with radio alerts and media news bulletins also used. In the event that there is a fire that threatens your property or personal safety, the incident controller will activate the public information system. Community warning and alerts will be issued via the alerts page, which you can access via RSS feed, emergency broadcasts on the ABC, the recorded information line, media news bulletins and possibly TV if the situation is critical. There is information about how to prepare for fire available on the FESA website, www.fesa.wa.gov.au, and FESA encourages everyone to have a bushfire plan.

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