Burning Restrictions & Bans
Lighting fires on your property can be extremely dangerous. To help reduce the risk, prohibited dates are set according to seasonal conditions and may be adjusted. Sign up to receive regular Bushfire and Harvest Ban SMS updates.
There are currently no Harvest, Machinery and Vehicle Movement Bans or Fire Bans in place for the Shire of Esperance.
Current Burning Restrictions
All zones are in an unrestricted Burning Period.
The Shire of Esperance can alter burning periods with notice. Please see ‘Current Burning Restrictions’ below or contact the Shire to see if you are allowed to burn.
Prohibited Burning Time
1 November until 15 February (Please note this has been extended from the original date of the 31 January).
No fires are to be lit in the open air during this time.
Restricted Burning Time
16 February until 15 March. (Please note this has been extended from the original date of the 1 February)
A permit is required to burn during these times until further notice. Permit Issuing Contacts can be found here.
Unrestricted Burning Time
16 March until 2 October.
Fires can be lit without a permit. It is still common courtesy to notify your neighbours that you are burning.
Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans are put in place by the Shire of Esperance under the Bushfires Act 1954. A ban is put in place to restrict activities that are likely to cause or contribute to the spread of a bushfire.
Sometimes only certain zones may be put into a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban. If you are not sure which zone you belong to you can click here to find out.
To find out if a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban is in place:
- Contact the Shire during business hours on (08) 9071 0666
- Call the Harvest and Vehicle Ban hotline on (08) 9071 5367
- Listen to ABC radio
- Register for the Shires SMS notification system with the Harvest Ban SMS Notification Form
It is the responsibility of an individual to determine if a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban is in place before carrying out an activity.
Total Fire Ban
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) are responsible for the placing of a Total Fire Ban on any area. "During a Total Fire Ban you are not allowed to light, maintain or use a fire in the open air, or to carry out any activity in the open air that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire."
Information about what a Total Fire Ban means and how it affects you can be found on the DFES website Bushfire Fact Sheet Total Fire Ban. Additional assistance is provided in the form of a Frequently Asked Questions page.
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