Summer is a great time to enjoy being outdoors in national parks but it’s also the season where bushfires most commonly occur.
Here are some tips to help you play it safe while enjoying getting away from it all:
* Choose parks that are more enjoyable from November to March, especially those with water or with plenty of natural shade. If you travel inland, plan for high temperatures and take precautions.
* If you plan to camp at a busy time like the Christmas/New Year festive season or a long weekend do some research and make sure you book early.
* At this time of year, you won’t be able to light a fire. Use your own gas-fuelled barbecue or
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use in campgrounds and picnic areas. Search for picnic areas and campgrounds with gas barbecues in Park Finder online or download the Parkfinder app for free from iTunes.
* Be prepared to modify your plans if the weather is hot and windy. Use the Emergency WA website for access to emergency information and community safety warnings. Be aware that on days of very high to catastrophic fire danger ratings, parks and reserves may be closed.
—This article is originally posted by Touring Western Australia.