Bush Fires



Australian Fire Danger Rating System Update

As of September 1st 2022, the Fire Danger Rating System has been improved and simplified, to make it easier for you to make decisions to stay safe on days of fire danger risk.

FAQ (Answered by DFES)

  1. Why is the system changing?

The existing Fire Danger Ratings are based on science that is over 60 years old, and only covers a third of Australia’s vegetation types. The new system incorporates 22 fuel types into 8 fire behaviour models, which are tailored to how fire moves in that vegetation. The new modelling means better and more accurate local predictions.


  1. What does it mean for you?

A simplified but more locally relevant system that is consistent across the country. No matter where you go in Australia, the new Fire Danger Rating System remains the same, giving you clear recommended actions to prepare and protect your family at each level.


  1. Where can I find Fire Danger Ratings?

Fire Danger Ratings, Total Fire Bans and warnings can be found on www.emergency.wa.gov.au


Please visit www.mybushfireplan.wa.gov.au/FireDangerRatings/ to ensure you are up to date on the changes across Australia.

Staying Updated 

Useful Information

Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES)

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)

Bush Fires Act (1954)

Bushfire Preparation

Emergency WA

Main Roads Travel Map

Burning Restrictions

Burning off is only permitted according to the following schedule:

Date Permitted/not permitted
1 May - 30 September No permit required 
1 October - 31 October Permit required
1 November - 31 March All burning prohibited
1 April - 30 April Permit required

To obtain a permit, please contact the Shire on (08) 9080 2111.

For Current Fire Bans and information on what you can and can’t do, please visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans/

Water Corporation - Bush Fire and Water Supply

Scheme water cannot be guaranteed during a bushfire

Water Corporation is prepared for bushfire season. However, we cannot guarantee that water pressure or water supply will be maintained in the event of a bushfire. Extreme demand, fire damage and power cuts can all result in a total loss of water.

If you plan to stay and defend your property during a bushfire, you must have your own independent water supply and pumping capability, and must not rely on scheme water.

Full details about how to prepare for the bushfire season can be found at www.firechat.wa.gov.au

For more information from the water corporation please follow the link below

Bush Fire and Water Supply Information