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Fire Control

The Bush Fire Act requires the Shire to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to reduce the risk of fires on property and also to prohibit certain activities during periods of high risk. All properties must be kept clear of flammable material and overgrowth.

Fire prevention measures must be completed on all properties, including residential, commercial, industrial, rural and vacant land and be maintained all year round.

In addition, the shire has Health Local Laws prohibiting the use of incinerators or burning on the ground in all residential areas throughout the whole year. The Local Laws seek to prevent the discharge of smoke into the atmosphere in such quantities or of such nature as to cause a nuisance. This not only prevents the risk of a fire outbreak but also improves the Town’s air quality and the health of our residents.


Fire Permits

The Shire of East Pilbara has a permanent restricted burning period and permits are required for the burning of any bush, timber and other refuse.

When applying for a permit please ensure you are in a position to provide and comply with the following:

  • The lot number and/or street address to which the permit will apply.
  • What firefighting equipment and resources will you have to control the fire?
  • What is the size of the area to be burnt?
  • Are firebreaks installed and can a fire unit get access to the area to being burnt?
  • What material are you going to burn?

A restricted burning period applies 1st of January to 31st of December each year.


Permanent Restricted Period

PERMITS TO BURN ARE REQUIRED ALL YEAR ROUND
BURNING OF RUBBISH AND GREEN WASTE WITHIN TOWN SITES ARE PROHIBITED

If it is considered to be impractical to comply with the provisions of this Notice, you may apply for a variation in writing to the Shire.  Written approval from Council or its duly Authorised Officer must be obtained for any variations or exemptions.

Permits to burn must be obtained before lighting any fire.  Permits can only be obtained from the Shire's Ranger and Emergency Services.  Please contact them on (08) 9175 8000.


WITHOUT ANY EXCEPTION

NO FIRE may be lit on a day when the fire danger is declared as:

  • SEVERE
  • VERY HIGH  
  • EXTREME
  • CATASTROPHIC


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