The Restricted Burning Period (spring/summer) begins at 12.01am Saturday 21 October. A Permit to Burn will be required prior to lighting any fire in the open air and the Restricted Burning Period will remain in place until 22 December 2023 unless advised otherwise.This means that Permits to Burn will be required for any fires that are burning on Saturday morning, including any fires that were ignited prior to Saturday and are still burning.
The Shire's Chief Bush Fire Control Officer has advised that it is necessary to enter the Restricted Burning Period earlier than the gazetted date of 9 November due to the lack of rainfall, resulting in dryer than usual fuel loads for this time of year. The current Soil Dryness Index for our shire is indicating the ground is as dry as would normally be expected in early December.
Brigades have already been called to several fires this season and have commented on the dryness of the bush.
Although campfires and firepits are permitted on private property without a Permit, they cannot be lit before 6pm and must be extinguished by 11pm. A Permit to Burn is required outside of these times.
When applying for a Permit to Burn you will need to advise of the size of your burn, what you’re burning and the address of your burn, as well as the name and contact number of the Permit holder. You must also register your Permit to Burn with the Shire, DBCA and DFES – their details and phone numbers are on the Permit.
You must also notify your adjoining landowners 24 hours in advance of your intention to burn.
Permits are issued free of charge and are available from your local Fire Control Officer (FCO). They also come with some useful advice on how to conduct your burn safely, but please also remember that no fires are permitted when the Fire Danger Rating is HIGH or above. These ratings are available on the Emergency WA website.
Local FCO details can be found on the Shire’s website and in the 2023-24 Firebreak Notice Requirements and Bushfire Information booklet.
Please stay alert and informed during this period as these dates can change at short notice due to variable weather conditions. For more information and updates please visit our website and social media pages.
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