Today marks the beginning of a designated Restricted Burning Period in the Shire of Dardanup which means it is now an offence under the Bush Fires Act 1954 to light outdoor fires without a Permit to Burn from your local Fire Control Officer.
Residents can now apply for a Permit online via the Shire of Dardanup’s new online facility.
Completion of the online application form will trigger contact from your local Fire Control Officer who will discuss your application and requirements for the issuing of a permit.
Residents are also encouraged to begin undertaking fire prevention measures at their property following predictions by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre the 2019/20 South West fire season would be an active one.
More information about preparing your property for the bushfire season is available at the DFES website.
Fire prevention measures must be completed and all properties (including residential, commercial, industrial and vacant land) cleared of fire hazards on or before 30 November each year to reduce the risk of fires during the bushfire season. Properties must remain free of hazard until the close of the Restricted Burning Period.
Shire of Dardanup Rangers commence property inspections on 1 December each year to ensure all properties comply with the Fire Prevention Order delivered this year with your rates notice. Visit our Fire Management page for more information.
According to the BNHCRC’s Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook released in August, the South West of WA recorded its seventh driest autumn on record and the start of spring was expected to be drier and warmer than average.
The combination of these factors lead to prediction of an above normal fire potential.
Above normal bushfire potential refers to the ability of a large fire to take hold when you take into consideration the recent and predicted weather for a particular area, the dryness of the land and forests, recent fire history and local firefighting resources.
The Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: August 2019 is used by fire authorities to make strategic decisions on resource planning and prescribed fire management for the upcoming fire season.