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  1. Firefighters on standby for blustery blast

    Firefighters on standby for blustery blast

    Authorities brace for another weekend of extreme fire conditions.

  2. Fire hackers put lives at risk

    Fire hackers put lives at risk

    Radio network used by fire crews during devastating Parkerville blaze hacked during vital stages of response.

  3. Insurers warn of cost rise

    Insurers warn of cost rise

    Insurers have warned if bushfires continue to wreak havoc in the Perth Hills, they may have to review premiums in the area.

  4. Pole responsibility is a vexed question

    Pole responsibility is a vexed question

    Questions are swirling over who will be responsible for policing changes flagged by the State Government that could force landholders to maintain privately owned power poles.

  5. Bushfires: Worse to come

    Bushfires: Worse to come

    Perth's blackest day is yet to come and even deaths will fail to change attitudes, volunteer firefighters have warned.

  6. Western Power 'worked on failed pole'

    Western Power 'worked on failed pole'

    Recent work by Western Power crews on the power pole that sparked the Perth Hills bushfire may have contributed to the structure failing.

  7. Power pole owners face penalties

    Power pole owners face penalties

    Landholders who fail to adequately maintain privately owned power poles and wires on their land could face criminal sanctions after the State Government flagged the possibility of a significant policy revamp.

  8. Pole owner unlikely to be penalised

    Pole owner unlikely to be penalised

    UPDATE: The failure of a private power pole has been confirmed as the cause of the devastating Hills fire which caused at least $13m damage and destroyed 55 homes.

  9. Labor calls for fair payments

    Labor calls for fair payments

    Hundreds of families affected by the Perth Hills bushfires will be denied disaster relief payments after the Abbott Government tightened eligibility, Federal Labor claims.

  10. Drive-by warning saves woman's life

    Drive-by warning saves woman's life

    Stoneville resident Lynn Armington owes her life to Robyn Green.

  11. Still time to prepare defence

    Still time to prepare defence

    With hot and windy conditions forecast for the weekend, fire authorities have renewed their calls for property owners to prepare themselves and their properties for a possible bushfire.

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