Weather Warnings - Fire Weather Warning for Kimberley and Pilbara
FIRE WEATHER WARNING
Issued at 3:05 am WST on Wednesday, 31 October 2012
A SEVERE Fire Danger [GFDI 50-74] is forecast for the Shire of Ashburton Inland
and the Shire of East Pilbara South.
If you are in a SEVERE Fire Danger area:
Fire and Emergency Services Authority [FESA] advises that if a fire starts and
takes hold it will be unpredictable, move very fast and difficult for
firefighters to bring under control.
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.
For further bushfire advice and information on total fire bans go to:
Hot through inland parts of the Pilbara during Wednesday with fresh and gusty northwesterly winds in the afternoon. The next warning will be issued by 4:00 pm WST Wednesday. This warning is also available through TV and radio broadcasts; the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213.
Tropical Cyclone Debbie is just hours from reaching the north Queensland coast.
More than 25,000 people need to move from low-lying areas in Mackay by midnight, with fears incoming Tropical Cyclone Debbie could cause inundation of up to 2.5 metres above the high tide level.
Tropical cyclones have long posed a serious threat to Queensland coastal communities, but after almost every disaster there have been lessons learnt to help people better prepare.