BUSH FIRE ACT

Burning Off Permitted: 1 May through to 31 August – No permit necessary to Burn off

Restricted Burning Time: 1 Sep  - 31 Oct & 1 April – 31 April - Burning off can be undertaken with a permit

Prohibited Burning Time: 1 November – 31 March – No burning off is permitted


Under Section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, everyone is required on or before the first day of November or within fourteen days of your becoming an owner or occupier of land should this be after this day to clear all firebreaks and remove flammable materials from the land owned or occupied by you as specified hereunder and to have the specified land and firebreaks clear of all flammable materials from the first day of November up to the thirty first day of March. 

1.         Land Outside Town Sites

1.1    All buildings on land which is outside town sites shall be surrounded by two firebreaks not less than two (2) metres from the perimeter of the building or group of buildings and the outer firebreak not less than 200 metres from the inner firebreak.

1.2    The removal of flammable material from the whole of the land between the firebreaks required in paragraph 1.1 above.

2.         Land in Town Sites

2.1    Where the area of land is 2000 square metres (approximately ½ acre) or less, all flammable material shall be removed from the whole land. 

2.2    Where the area of land exceeds 2000 square metres, firebreaks at least three (3) metres in width shall be cleared of all flammable material immediately inside and along the boundaries of land.  Where there are buildings on the land additional firebreaks three (3) metres in width shall be cleared immediately surround each building.

“Flammable material” does not include green growing trees or green growing plants in gardens.  It also does not include plants native to the region that are fire resistant, for example Saltbush shrubs.

The penalty for failing to comply with the Bush Fires Act 1954 is a fine of $5000.00 and a person in default is also liable whether prosecuted or not to pay the cost of performing the work required to be done.

 

For further information visit the website www.dfes.wa.gov.au or www.dfes.wa.gov.au/firechat  or Ranger Services phone: 9080 2111