WA’s Margaret River escaped burn inquiry

Burnt coastal heath near Gnarabup Road, GnarabupThis WA Report looks at how the disastrous Margaret River fires of 2011 got away and burnt 32 homes. It lists a series of findings and focuses heavily on WA’s Department of Environment and Conservation’s (DEC) poorly applied risk management practices and policies governing the undertaking of planned burns. The Report notes that the DEC accepts responsibility for the damage caused by the fires. The report is titled ‘Appreciating the Risk‘, reflecting the need to consider the full range of risks associated with planned burns.

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