Homes in the City of Swan came close to being razed to the ground by a bushfire early January, which claimed more than 5,000 hectares of forest. With the help of 50 km/h winds and the Perth heat, the fire swept across lush vegetation. Fortunately, a contingent of firefighters were able to fight off the blaze, as well as ember attacks in the suburbs.
Should another bushfire of this magnitude happen again, not even adequate defensible space will be enough to defend the home from a fire. In times when firefighters need access to water lines, there’s no guarantee that homes will have running water to fight off the blaze. In addition, power interruptions may render pumps inoperable in a bushfire.