Volunteer firefighters have taken Monday’s apocalyptic smoke-filled sky as a further chance to urge residents to get ready for bushfire season. Multiple controlled burns close to the Margaret River township filled the sky across the region with thick haze, giving low levels of visibility at midday. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions belatedly issued a smoke alert late Monday afternoon and urged residents to take care on roads and go indoors if they experienced breathing difficulties. Residents filled social media with shots of the end-of-the-world skyline, but volunteer firefighters privately told the Times they were dismayed at the lack of awareness from some residents. On social media, the Wallcliffe Volunteer Bushfire Brigade reiterated their message for residents to prepare their bushfire plans, clean up houses and yards, and pay attention to peak conditions. “We can’t stress enough that bushfire is inevitable if you live in the Margaret River region,” the brigade said. “You really need to be taking immediate steps to work on your preparedness for this summer. “You can already see how volatile the bush is now and fire authorities are predicting an above-average fire risk season.” The WVBB said all residents needed to take action, warning town-centre residents they were also not immune to the risk of bushfire in the worst scenario. The burn-off came as the Department of Fire and Emergency Services released its summer forecast predicting dangerous conditions. After a rash of serious bushfires in the Capes region last December and January — including concerns about illegal bush parties increasing fire risks — DFES Commissioner Darren Klemm said people travelling had to remain on alert. Mr Klemm said while the outlook indicated some areas of WA were at more risk than others, it was important for everybody to be prepared. “During summer, vegetation naturally dries out and the risk of bushfire can escalate quickly with any extended period of hot, dry and windy weather,” he said. “Considering more than 93 per cent of our State is bushfire-prone, no one can afford to be complacent in the coming months. “We’re urging everyone to be prepared — create or update your bushfire plan, stay aware of the conditions in your area and visit Emergency WA for current alerts and warnings,” Mr Klemm said. “It’s also important for people travelling over the holiday period to be mindful of the potential risks at their destination, so incorporate bushfire preparation into your travel plans.” DFES, Parks and Wildlife and Shire of Augusta-Margaret River brigades had conducted mosaic burns in high-risk areas, including near the townsite, in recent weeks.