Bush Fire Management Information Booklet 2018-2019

Important dates

Install fire breaks & reduce fuel loading on your land by 30 November
Restricted burning period 9 November - 21 December
Prohibited burning period 22 December - 13 March
Restricted burning period 14 March - 12 May 
Dates are subject to change. You must confirm restriction dates prior to undertaking any burning.


Your property must comply by 30 November each year

The annual Firebreak Notice sets out the requirements for residents and visitors in relation to reducing the fire risk in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

The Notice includes important dates*, fire season restricted and prohibited burning periods, your legal requirements as a land owner/occupier, information about permits to burn and preparedness requirements for land owners.

*Dates are subject to change - these will be advertised on the the Shire's home page and in the local paper. 

Please ensure you are aware of the requirements for your land, and assist the Shire and volunteer bush fire brigades by undertaking fuel reduction works prior to and during the burning season. This includes cleaning of leaf litter from roofs and gutters, clearing flammable materials away from buildings and haystacks etc for a distance of 20 metres, and planting fire retardant (resistant) species as part of landscaping. 

More information and permits to burn can be sought from one of the Shire's many Fire Control Officers who are listed in the Notice. The Shire's Rangers are also Fire Control Officers, providing administration of the Bush Fires Act 1954 and Regulations, public education and advice on fire prevention and bushfire safety awareness.

Please be aware that should you be convicted of setting fire to the bush without a permit, as per Section 17(6)(a) of the Bush Fires Act 1954, you may be penalised up to $5000.

Variation to Notice

A Variation to Notice can be requested if it meets certain conditions as outlined in the Bush Fire Management Notice.

All requests must be made by the property owner or person authorised to act upon the owners behalf.  Individual requests are required for each property and must be submitted to the Shire by 22 November. Application form here.

Variation approvals only carry over into future fire seasons if confirmed in writing by the Shire. 

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Postal Address

PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River

41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512


66 Allnut Terrace
Monday to Friday
9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Ph 08 9780 5255


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