Avoiding mulch fires and preventing bushfires

WA BAL Report are experts in conducting bushfire attack level assessments and bushfire attack level reports for those living in bushfire-prone areas. However, if you live in a bushfire-prone area, it is likely you will be required to do more to protect yourself from bushfire risk. Mulch fires are usually caused by discarded cigarettes under hot, dry conditions and start over 500 fires a year in WA.

Mulch fires are more likely to occur after long periods of hot and dry conditions with very little rain, such as between December and April, when there is little moisture content, when temperatures are high and when the relative humidity is low. Fine, aerated fuels also add to the risk of a mulch fire starting. There then needs to be a heat source, such as a cigarette.

Fine shredded and aerated mulches catch fire more easily than coarse and compacted mulches. Coarse woodchip mulches are recommended because they are harder to ignite. It may be worth considering alternatives to mulches such as paving, permeable pebblecrete, gravel and crushed brick as they are non-flammable. Mulch should be spread at the end of autumn as the winter rains will wash the fine material away from the surface. Of course, discarding of cigarettes outside of vehicles should be avoided.

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WA BAL Report are experts at conducting Bushfire Attack Level Assessments, Bushfire Attack Level Reports and bushfire prevention strategies in general in Perth and Western Australia. For more information, contact our friendly staff on 08 6114 9356 or at admin@wabalreport.com.au.

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