Fire and emergency service agencies are preparing for another tough bushfire season in WA after a dry winter put most of the state at risk.
Marking the start of Bushfire Action Week, Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell said on Sunday that anyone living near bushland should take precautionary steps by building a protection zone around their property.
"I urge people to prepare their homes and properties and work with the fire and emergency services to mitigate the risks," Mr Buswell said.
"As (former Australian Federal Police commissioner) Mick Keelty pointed out quite clearly in his review of the Roleystone-Kelmscott fires, preparation for bushfires is a 'shared responsibility' - everyone in the community has a role."
The state government has again secured the services of an Erickson Aircrane, one of the world's biggest rotary water bombers, to combat any bushfires that flare up this season.
"Last season, the aerial fleet was activated 433 times, flew more than 590 hours and made 2555 drops, equating to nearly four million litres of water and foam," Mr Buswell said.
The aircrane will complement the state's eight fixed-wing waterbombers.Mr Buswell said while the aircrane significantly enhanced WA's response to bushfires, the community could not afford to be complacent.
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