Local firefighters lend a hand in WA bushfires

FIREFIGHTERS from the Northern Rivers arrived in Western Australia last night to help with the fires that killed two people and destroyed 130 homes in the state's south west.

Rural Fire Service (RFS) acting regional manager for the Northern Region, Superintendent Michael Brett, said the latest team included firefighters from the Northern Rivers and the Far North Coast.

"We sent resources at the request of Western Australia to allow some of their local resources to have a break," he said.

"That's one of the advantages for us with the fire risk being so low, there is that opportunity for us to look at deploying crews out of our area."

Supt Brett also led a team to help fight bushfires that ravaged tourist towns along Victoria's Great Ocean Rd.

The Victoria bushfires destroyed more than 100 homes across Wye River and Separation Creek.

Supt Brett said despite the low risk of fires in our region, it was still important to remain vigilant.

"If you've got fires going you need to maintain watch, someone need to be in attendance and you must have a permit," he said.

"If people are wishing to burn fires they need to be mindful that the hot conditions are here and it might pay to put burning on hold until we get through the next few days."

Essential Energy regional manager, Mark Summers, said easy steps could be taken to reduce hazards.

"Simple steps like clearing leaves and debris from gutters, removing combustible material from around the home and ensuring vegetation isn't encroaching on powerlines can help to protect your property from fire risk," he said.

The RFS recommends completing a Bushfire Survival Plan.



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