The region’s two local governments have warned the bushfire season isn’t finished yet, with any suspicious activity to be reported at once. A rash of bushfires in scorching temperatures kept volunteers and professional crews busy during December and January, with numerous 000 calls adding to the load. As reported by the Times last week, no charges have been laid yet over major fires at Calgardup and Canebrake in the Augusta-Margaret River Shire, nor the blaze which evacuated Eagle Bay and claimed parts of the Meelup National Park in the City of Busselton this month. Busselton and Augusta-Margaret River fire chiefs said residents should remain vigilant through the rest of summer, while bushfire brigades also raised concerns this week about the risks of ongoing “bush doofs”. They said the hot conditions ahead meant monitoring for potential arsonists, taking personal bushfire precautions and following fire ratings were still needed. Busselton mayor Grant Henley said an alert for the summer holiday season remained in place until at least the end of February, depending on seasonal conditions. “During the busy holiday season I would urge holiday makers to first check if campfires are allowed, especially during summer,” he said. “It is important to plan ahead for emergency situations — bushfires particularly, given their unpredictable nature. “One of the most critical and valuable things you can do is make a bushfire plan, considering when you will leave, what you will take and where you will go.” Augusta-Margaret River Shire chief emergency services manager Adam Jasper said despite cooler days this week, hot and windy conditions were expected to return. “Volunteers have been kept very busy due to the above-average drier conditions,” Mr Jasper said. “Whilst we have experienced two major bushfires this season at Boranup and Canebrake, Shire volunteers have also assisted at the recent Dunsborough bushfire and the Gascoyne Complex bushfires in the Midwest.” He also issued a plea for visitors not to engage in risky behaviour while camping after the Shire last week reiterated concerns about people heading down south without adequate accommodation. Items of concern included campfires and firepits, which were banned, and solid fuel barbecues and pizza ovens, which were prohibited on ‘very high’ or ‘total fire ban’ days. Use of sparklers and fire twirling in “bush doofs” were also issues of concern. “Visitors and residents to the region should be aware that the area is classed as ‘bushfire prone’ and everyone needs to remain vigilant and monitor local radio and EmergencyWA throughout the summer period,” Mr Jasper said. Both local governments urged residents to contact police if they saw any suspicious behaviour. Strike Force Vulcan detectives are still investigating the recent fires and seeking further information. Mr Henley said rewards were on offer for information leading to capture of any arsonists and directed calls to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperswa.com.au.