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National parks will be closed as extreme weather causes fire danger in the south of the state

Friday January 10, 2014 - 17:37 EDT
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Authorities warn high temperatures over the next few days could create extreme fire danger. - ABC

Authorities are warning the Great Southern and lower Wheatbelt need to be on alert over the next few days, with sweltering conditions expected to create a serious fire danger.

Extreme weather is expected in many towns, from the weekend through to early next week.

In Lake Grace, the temperature is expected to hit 44 on Sunday, while other inland towns are expecting maximums in the low-40s through the weekend and mid-30s next week.

There are also thunderstorms forecast for some Great Southern and Wheatbelt areas on Sunday.

Daniel Austin from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said the situation is made more dangerous because many farmers are on holiday.

"It really depends on the situation you get faced with," he said.

"A fire at the right time may not be too hard to deal with, but clearly the more numbers we can get around a fire quickly and safely, it helps us put those fires out much faster."

"The Upper Great Southern, Roe, Beaufort, Lakes and Stirling districts, preliminary indications a few days out are talking extreme fire danger ratings, so that's a fire danger index of between 75 and 100.

"That means fire will be quite difficult, in fact very difficult to contain once it's on the ground."

Authorities are warning the Great Southern and lower Wheatbelt need to be on alert over the next few days, with sweltering conditions expected to create a serious fire danger.

Extreme weather is expected in many towns, from the weekend through to early next week.

In Lake Grace, the temperature is expected to hit 44 on Sunday, while other inland towns are expecting maximums in the low-40s through the weekend and mid-30s next week.

There are also thunderstorms forecast for some Great Southern and Wheatbelt areas on Sunday.

Daniel Austin from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said the situation is made more dangerous because many farmers are on holiday.

"It really depends on the situation you get faced with," he said.

"A fire at the right time may not be too hard to deal with, but clearly the more numbers we can get around a fire quickly and safely, it helps us put those fires out much faster."

"The Upper Great Southern, Roe, Beaufort, Lakes and Stirling districts, preliminary indications a few days out are talking extreme fire danger ratings, so that's a fire danger index of between 75 and 100.

"That means fire will be quite difficult, in fact very difficult to contain once it's on the ground."

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has closed more than a dozen national parks in and around Perth as the city endures blistering temperatures.

This weekend the following metropolitan parks will be closed:

· Lane Poole Reserve
· Avon Valley National Park
· Serpentine National Park
· Walyunga National Park
· John Forrest National Park
· Greenmount National Park
· Mundy Regional Park
· Statham and Boya quarries
· Gnangara and Pinjar off road vehicle areas



In the Mid West, Kennedy Range National Park and Mount Augustus National Park will be shut all weekend.

For Sunday, in the South West Wellington National Park including Honeymoon Pool and recreation sites on Lennard Drive and the Hoffman Mill campground will be closed.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife will provide an update if the situation changes or when sites have been re-opened.

Weather conditions are forecast to ease mid next week.


- ABC

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