Restricted and Prohibited Burning Periods
19 September 2015 to 31st October 2015 RESTRICTED (permit required)
1 November 2015 to 31st January 2016 PROHIBITED
1st February 2016 to 15th March 2016 RESTRICTED (permit required)
Restricted and Prohibited Burning Periods may be extended at the discretion of the Council , and/or Chief Bush Fire Contol Officer. Please check with your Fire Control Officer to ascertain whether a Fire Permit is required before burning.
The lighting of fires, including solid fuel babecues and incinerators, is STRICTLY PROHIBITED on days of VERY HIGH or EXTREME FIRE DANGER.
Bush and Grass on Any Land
Burning of bush and grass is totally prohibited between the 1st November and the 1st February except for small heaps of garden refuse as described below. For all other fires, permits are required as explained in WHEN AND WHERE TO OBTAIN PERMITS below.
Garden Refuse and Rubbish
Small heaps (up to one cubic metre) of garden refuse may be burnt on the ground between 6.00pm and 11.00pm BUT ONLY AFTER a 5 metre wide fire break has been cleared around the fire and at least one able bodied person is in attendance AT ALL TIMES.
When and Where to Obtain Permits
Burning Permits can be obtained from the Shire Office or from your local Permit Issuing Officers if you live in other areas of the Shire. The issuing officer will apply certain conditions to the permit that must be strictly adhered to at all times.
Permits are required:
- For burning bush and grass at any time between the specified times in the Prohibited and Restricted Burning Time Schedule,
- For burning small heaps of garden refuse OUTSIDE the hours of 6.00pm and 11.00pm during the same dates as above.
Advice is Available
Further advice on how to make your home fire safe, when and how to burn off is available from the Shire Office, your local Bush Fire Control Officer or by contacting DFES. If you have any questions contact them. The safety of your whole community is at stake.
- DFES Wheatbelt District Office 08 9690 2300
- Police Mukinbudin 08 9047 2200
- Ambulance Mukinbudin 08 9047 1031
- Administration Office 08 9047 2100
- IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY DIAL 000
Bush Fire Permits
No permits shall be issued to set fire to the bush during the prohibited burning period, except for reasons as specified under the Bush Fires Act 1954.
During the restricted burning period, a Fire Permit can be obtained from the Fire Control Officers as shown below.
Harvest & Movement of Vehicle Bans
Various Fire Control Officers, and Executive Officers of the Shire of Mukinbudin are authorised to impose Harvest & Movement of Vehicle Bans during High Fire Risk periods. Phone 08 9047 2100 for more information or contact your local Fire Control Officer. An automatic ban is placed on Christmas Day and New Years Day and when a wild fire is burning with in the Shire.
Harvest Ban SMS
This service has now been running since the 2006/2007 summer. We can send an SMS message to your mobile phone to inform you of harvest bans within the Shire.
This is a quick and effective way of getting the most up to date information to you and will assist in reducing delays experienced by most farmers as they make numerous calls to get the latest update on times etc.
If you would like to be on our 'SMS List' please contact Katharine on 08 9047 2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and number.
Please note: This information will be kept private and will be for use by the Shire of Mukinbudin only. Your details will be used solely for the relaying of Shire information. In the event of an emergency we may use this service to notify you. There is no charge for this service.
Chief Bush Fire Control Officer: Phil Smith, 0427 470 030
Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officer: Vern Bent, 0427 484 000
Water Corporation - Bushfire Season Information
The 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.
We will always do all that we can to maintain supply however fire damaged infrastructure or a cut to power can result in a total loss of water.
If scheme water is available during a bushfire it is a bonus for property protection efforts, but it is not something that can be relied upon.
People who plan to stay and defend their property during a bushfire need to have their own independent water supply and pumping capability, and must not rely on the public water supply.
Full details about how to prepare for the bushfire season can be found on the DFES website.