Restricted Burning Time EXTENDED for URBAN-RURAL Zone

Published on Tuesday, 30 April 2024 at 10:30:45 AM



Pursuant to Section 18 Bush Fires Act 1954 the Shire of Esperance advises Restricted Burning Time has been extended for the Urban-Rural Zone (Esperance & surrounding
rural residential areas) to now conclude midnight Sunday, 21 May 2024.

This is due to abnormal dry fuel load conditions for this time of year and no decent rain forecast to help reduce the risk to the community. Landowner/Occupiers must obtain a Permit to Burn from their nearest Fire Control Officer before any hazard reduction or burning off activities can commence, with permits restricted to the following criteria;

  • Agricultural purposes and/or Hazard Reduction Activities requiring the assistance of fire brigade resources and must have minimum of 1000It of water on site during the burn; or
  • Private Property burns can only commence from 1600hrs and must be fully extinguished by 2359hrs the same day. Burn site must have a 3m wide bare earth break surrounding it and must have minimum of 400It of water on site during the burn; and,
  • A Permit to Burn will be issued for a 7-calendar day period; and,  
  • Permit holders must log their burns with the DFES Communications Centre Ph: 08 9395 9209 prior to igniting, to avoid volunteer resources unnecessarily responding to private burns; and,
  • Permit holders are reminded to abide by all conditions of the permit, including when the days forecast fire danger rating is ‘High’ or above, where all permits are deemed invalid. 

Permit Holders are reminded not to light any fire, if you are not prepared to be responsible for it. The Shire of Esperance reserves the right under section 18(11) Bush Fires Act 1954, to recoup any cost of extinguishment from any fire that escapes permit conditions or from the lack of supervision/attendance.

Please note Fire Permits can be suspended or cancelled at any time with or without notice by any Fire Control Officer based upon local conditions or forecast weather conditions.

This notice dated 29 April 2024. 

Shane Burge
Chief Executive Officer

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