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With the number of fires in the Shire at the moment we have been reminded once again of the dedication of the volunteers in our community and further afield.

Local firefighters have been busy for 10 days tracking fires and installing containment lines. A dry lightening storm during this time raised the number of new fires for crews to cover.

Shire volunteers, Esperance Bushfire Brigades, Parks and Wildlife Services, Esperance SES and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services are all working together to strengthen, contain and consolidate all fires. With adverse weather conditions over the next few days we ask everyone to support all crews and remain vigilant. Keep an eye on the Emergency WA website, listen to ABC Radio and check the Shire Facebook page to remain up to date on what is happening in your area.

We have been fortunate to have a large contingent of volunteers from over the state with crews from Perth Metropolitan, Goldfields Midlands, Lower Great Southern, Upper Great Southern, South West, Lower South West, Mid West Gascoyne, Pilbra, the Kimberley.

The coordination efforts at the colocation facility with volunteers ensuring communications, planning, logistics and resources are all supported. Local businesses from accommodation providers to café’s and food suppliers have all been fantastic with support required and requests answered as a priority.

The next couple of days will be busy leading into the long weekend where we will see an influx of visitors. This is when our community strength is vital as we pull together to support all emergency services personnel and operations while ensuring our visitors have a positive experience while here.

Thank you to everyone involved, we appreciate the dedication of every person who is helping out.

-CEO Matthew Scott