John Guest is a volunteer fire captain in the Donnybrook-Balingup shire. He says that despite last year's destructive bushfires in Margaret River and the predictions for a difficult fire season ahead, many properties are still unprepared."People really need to focus on building a protection zone around their homes, if they are in bushfire prone areas," he said. "There are still a lot of people that don't take enough action in the 20 metres around their house and that can make a huge difference. It shouldn't be up to the shires to be knocking on everyone's door and reminding them."