Commencement of Unrestricted Burning Time (Rural Zone)

Published on Tuesday, 2 April 2024 at 3:27:29 PM

Pursuant to Section 18 Bush Fires Act 1954 the Shire of Esperance advises Unrestricted Burning Time (Open Burning) will commence Tuesday, 2 April 2024 for the following zone only;

RURAL ZONE - The Rural Zone includes fire zones: West 1, West 2, West Coast 1, West Coast 2, North 1, North 2, East Coast 1, East Coast 2, East 1 and East 2

Landowner/Occupiers within the Rural Zone are no longer required to obtain a permit to burn from their nearest Fire Control Officer. However, landowner/occupiers are still required to exercise caution and to abide by the following minimum conditions;

  • Must have a 10m wide firebreak around the area to be burnt; and,
  • An operating firefighting unit, consisting a minimum of 1,000It water; and,
  • Observe weather conditions so smoke does not impact the visibility of the any road network or be of nuisance; and,
  • Notify your surrounding neighbours and your local brigade Whatsapp group prior to ignition; and,
  • Landowner/occupiers are to register their burns via the DFES Communication Centre on 1800 198 140 (Free call) prior to ignition.

Landowner/occupiers are reminded not light any fire, if you are not prepared to be responsible for it. Fire Control Officers have the authority under Bush Fires Act 1954 to request Landowner/occupiers to extinguish any fire they deemed to be unsafe or at the risk of escaping and to halt the lighting of fire during the unrestricted burning period. 

Please note depending on incoming weather patterns the Shire may re-impose periods of Prohibited Burning Time.

This notice dated 2 April 2024.
Shane Burge
Chief Executive Officer