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As of 14 March 2017 the Shire of Augusta Margaret River will be entering into the Restricted Burning Period until 12 May.

During this time, members of the public are reminded to obtain a permit from their Local Fire Control Officer prior to undertaking burning.

Shire Community Emergency Services Manager Nathan Hall acknowledged the significant inroads made over the past year to reduce the threat of bushfire to our community thanks to collaboration between Local Bushfire Brigades, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

“The combined bushfire mitigation works between these agencies has significantly increased our community’s resilience to bushfires.”

Mr Hall said the great working relationships that exist in our region have allowed this work to be completed with greater efficiency, protecting people and assets in our region.

 “We are very fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who drive measures to reduce bushfire risk such as the Shire’s Bushfire Brigades and DFES local Fire and Rescue Service, entirely made up of volunteers who give up their time for this important cause.”

Recent grant funding from the National Bushfire Mitigation Program and the Bushfire Risk Mitigation Program has enabled additional fire access tracks and low fuel buffers to be installed across the Shire.

These measures have provided firefighters with greater opportunities to complete controlled burns in Cowaramup, Margaret River, Kudardup and Augusta, reducing potential impacts from bushfire.

Anyone undertaking burning activities are reminded to have adequate resources to manage their burn and consider ways to minimise smoke nuisance to neighbours, especially around vineyards where crops are being harvested.

“Even though we have had a relatively mild summer, fuel loads are very dry and could result in fast moving and variable fire behaviours,” said Mr Hall.

Check Fire Danger Ratings prior to undertaking burns by visiting www.emergency.wa.gov.au/#firedangerratings

 

Information on where controlled burns will take place is available from the following websites

Department of Parks and Wildlife
www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/management/fire/prescribed-burning/burns

Shire of Augusta Margaret River
 www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/services/community-safety/community-preparedness

Department Fire and Emergency Services
 https://www.emergency.wa.gov.au/  (Notification on the day of the burn)

 

 

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