As part of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Bushfire Risk Management Plan (BRMP), the Shire has completed a bushfire risk assessment of all built assets within Shire. Fuel loads and proximity of Shire reserves to residential properties and critical infrastructure has been identified as having a significant impact on the bushfire risk rating of properties located in the area, these risk ratings require action by the Shire. 

To achieve this, we undertake prescribed burning and mechanical treatments on Shire managed reserves. This work is funded though the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Bushfire Risk Management Branch, and Local Governments with an approved Bushfire Risk Management Plan can apply for a Mitigation Activity Fund (MAF) Grant of up to $500,000 annually. 

Mechanical treatments are carried out by contractors, following our thorough planning process which includes obtaining relevant environmental permits and a consultation process with key stakeholders.  

Have you identified a reserve that needs to be considered for a future prescribed burn or mechanical treatment? Please get in touch with us at [email protected].

Prescribed Burns

Prescribed burns may also be referred to as a hazard reduction burn, planned burn, controlled burn, or burn off. 

Prescribed burning is undertaken on Shire owned and managed land by the Shire’s Fire and Emergency Services unit along with assistance from DFES staff, local Volunteer Bushfire and Fire and Rescue Brigades.

Prescribed burns require a significant level of planning and preparation prior to the day of the burn. Predetermined weather conditions and other contributing factors strongly dictate if a burn will or will not go ahead. While we do make all efforts to provide residents with prior notification of a prescribed burn, this also means we may commence or cancel a burn with minimal notice. 

Prior to ignition our burn will always be registered with DFES and displayed on the Emergency WA website

If you see smoke or an unattended fire, are uncertain of the cause and cannot find any information on Emergency WA DIAL 000 and report the fire so that appropriate action can be taken.

2023-2024 Prescribed Burn Program

Prescribed burns are indicative plans only and are subject to change.

Alexandra Bridge Campground

Map: Campground
Tenure: Reserve 23479
Status: Complete

Blackwood Ave/Osnaburg St

Map: Blackwood Ave/Osnaburg St
Tenure: Reserve 39910
Status: Planned

Leeuwin Rd/Osnaburg St/York St

Map: Leeuwin Rd/Osnaburg St/York St
Tenure: Reserve 39156
Status: Planned

Augusta Airport

Map: Augusta Airport
Tenure: Reserve 29668
Status: Complete

Garstone Rd/Burnside Rd (Rails to Trails)

Map: Garstone Rd/Burnside Rd (Rails to Trails)
Tenure: Reserve 43215
Status: Planned

Wadandi Track – Ellen Brook Cottages

Map: Wadandi Track – Ellen Brook Cottages
Tenure: Reserve 47049
Status: Planned

Pericles St/Davies St

Map: Pericles St/Davies St
Tenure: Reserve 39434
Status: Planned

Wadandi Track – Harrison Road

Map: Wadandi Track – Harrison Road
Tenure: Reserve 47049
Status: Planned

Karridale Primary School/Chapman Rd

Map: Karridale Primary School/Chapman Rd
Tenure: Reserve 19380
Status: Planned

Kevill Road

Map: Kevill Road
Tenure: Reserve 40264
Status: Complete

Barrett Street

Map: Barrett Street
Tenure: Reserve 27633
Status: Planned

Mann Street

Map: Mann Street
Tenure: Reserve 39689
Status: Planned

Elizabeth Street

Map: Elizabeth Street
Tenure: Reserve 46143
Status: Planned

Yalgardup Brook

Map: Yalgardup Brook
Tenure: Reserve 42352
Status: Complete

Hale Ave/Sabina Dr

Map: Hale Ave/Sabina Dr
Tenure: Reserve 36542
Status: Planned

Burning on your (private) property 

Burning on private property can only be done with the consent of the landowner. Before you light up always check the Fire Danger Rating (FDR) and make sure a Total Fire Ban (TFB) or Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban (HVMB) has not been declared. Check if it is currently a Restricted or Prohibited burning period (November – May) and obtain a Permit to Burn if required. Offences committed under the Bush Fires Act 1954 may result in the property owner receiving an infringement notice or further legal action being taken. Burning responsibly is your responsibility.  

If you would like help in carrying out a hazard reduction burn on your property, try contacting your Local Volunteer Fire Brigade to see if they have the capacity to assist. Not sure which is your local brigade? Make contact with your Area FCO, they can point you in the right direction. 

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