This section demonstrates how bush fires are a major problem on both private and public lands in Western Australia. It provides basic information about fires – what it takes to make a fire, the common causes and a glossary of fire terms to assist in understanding the issues. It also provides data on actual bushfire occurrence since 1960 and sets out the history of forest fire management in Western Australia.
It then documents the major current issues in bushfire management on private land and illustrates bushfire problems in two areas with especially high fire risks: Perth Hills and the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge (the country between Yallingup and Augusta). Lastly, it draws attention to some particular “hot spots”.