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With Bush Fire Season upon us, residents and visitors to the Shire of Esperance are reminded of the following changes to fire restrictions.

The Restricted Burning period has been declared for all rural areas within the Shire of Esperance from midnight on Sunday the 1st of March to midnight the 15th of March (inclusive). Due to the lack of substantial rain and continued bush fire risk the gazetted townsite and industrial areas will remain in Prohibited Burning until at least the 15th of March 2015.

Restricted Burning means permits need to be obtained from a Permit Issuing Officer in your Brigade area prior to lighting a fire. Fire permits are free, however you must apply in person at least 24 hours prior and be in attendance at the fire at all times. Permits will not be issued on days when the Fire Danger Rating is Very High or above. A list of Permit Issuing Officer’s for each Brigade can be found on your Fire Break Notice or on the Shire of Esperance website here. 

Note: the Permit Issuing Officers are Volunteers, their availability to issue permits may vary in some instances, including attending emergency incidents within your community. Please assist them by planning your permit requirements early. If you have any questions regarding the changes to Prohibited Burning or Restricted Burning please call the Shire of Esperance Community Emergency Services Coordinator on 0418 954 051 or Manager Community Support on 0428 945687.