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Severe bushfire warning as temperatures set to soar

Stock Photo: Tex Reeks.

Authorities are on edge as the state is expected to be hit by strong gusts of wind, possible lightning and temperatures of up to 40 degrees today.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has put in place a severe fire danger advice warning and a total fire ban for most of the state including the Perth Metropolitan area and the South West Regions.

DFES warns that these are very hot, dry and windy conditions for a bush or grass fire.

The department says if a fire starts and takes hold it will be unpredictable, move very fast and difficult for firefighters to bring under control.

They also warn spot fires will start and move quickly and embers may come from many directions.

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

• Read through your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have one, decide what you will do if a fire starts.

• If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving bushfire risk areas early in the day is your safest option.

• Homes that are prepared to the highest level, have been constructed to bushfire protection levels and are actively defended may provide safety.

• You must be physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.

The department has also issue a total fire ban which means anyone caught ignoring it could face a $25,000 thousand dollar fine or 12 months in prison or both.

During the ban you must not:

• Light, maintain or use a fire in the open air

• Carry out any activity that could start a fire

This includes:

• All open fires for the purpose of cooking or camping are not allowed.

• Hot work such as metal work, grinding, welding, soldering, gas cutting or similar is not allowed unless you have an exemption.

If a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban has not been implemented by your local government you are able to harvest or move vehicles across paddocks for agricultural purposes.

The Bureau of Meteorology says these are very hot and dry conditions over the northern and western parts of the State.

Fresh and gusty northeasterly winds are expected over western parts of the State (including Perth), with a fresh west to northwesterly change developing during the afternoon.

Moderate to fresh easterly winds are expected in the north, with a fresh afternoon sea breeze near the Pilbara coast.

To find out more information keep updated on emergency situations visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or call 9395 9300 during office hours.  

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reek's interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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