Unseasonally high tourist numbers and ongoing issues with arson have Kimberley firefighters on high alert ahead of a higher-than-average bushfire outlook during the build-up. The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council’s outlook for September-November found a high fuel load driven by grass growth and dry soil had created above-normal fire potential in parts of the Pilbara, Dampierland, Central Kimberley and Ord Victoria Plain bioregions. The report singled out an increase in the ignition potential because of the high number of tourists remaining in the North West. Department of Fire and Emergency Services Kimberley superintendent Grant Pipe said the recent closure of Manari Road on the Dampier Peninsula because of fire had caused dramas for firefighters. “We had a lot of tourists in the landscape we had to move quickly, and a large number of those did not want to do so,” he said. “If firefighters ask you to move, you do need to move.” Mr Pipe said there was a mix of people not understanding the severity of the situation and people who just tried to ignore directions. AFAC’s report tipped below-average rainfall and warmer temperatures for the north which would further heighten the fire risk.