Rangers are Fire Control Officers, assisting with incident management and the administration of the Bush Fires Act 1954 and Regulations.
They also liaise with WA Police and Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), and assist with Incident Management as required, and the enforcement of provisions of the Bush Fires Act 1954 as amended.
Firebreaks and Fire Prevention Measures
Fire prevention measures must be completed and all properties cleared of fire hazards before 1st December to reduce the risk of fires during the bushfire season.
Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup Rangers commence annual property inspections on the 1st December to ensure they comply with Council’s Fire Break Order.
All firebreaks are to be 2 metres wide, and be of a mineral earth standard free of all flammable material and maintained throughout the entire compliance period.
Property owners who do not comply may be issued an infringement of $250 and ordered to carry out the required work. Failure to carry out required may lead to contractors being employed to carry out required work. The costs are recoverable through a Court of Law.
Prohibited and Restricted Burning Period
Prohibited Burning Period 15 December 2017 to 14 March 2018
Restricted Burning Period 1 November 2017 to 14 December 2017
15 March 2018to 26 April 2018
These dates might be subject to slight variation according to seasonal conditions.
Permits are required for all fires. Be advised that permits will not be issued to burn garden refuse or other waste on lots within townsite, having less than 2000 square metres in size.
Fire permits can be obtained from the local Fire Control Officers (see Fire Break Order for a list of FCOs’ contact details).
From 29 March 2017 to midnight on 4 May 2017, all residents are required to have permits to burn for all fires. Fire permits are free, however you must apply in person for the original permit.
Affected neighbours must be notified at least 24 hours prior to any burning taking place. The permit holder must comply with the conditions set out in the permit and be in attendance at the fire at all times.
ARE YOU READY? Be Prepared for Bushfire
- Stay informed during an emergency (000 for fire or life threatening emergencies, 132 500 for SES emergency assistance, 13 DFES (13 3337) for emergency information, www.dfes.wa.gov.au , follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to ABC local radio (include the local frequency)
- Develop and practice a bushfire survival plan (easy to print plan for leaving early or staying and defending your property)
- Prepare an emergency kit for yourself and your pets (factsheet attached)
- Information on what do with animals in an emergency (local procedures) further info http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/animalwelfare/Pages/default.aspx
For further information on a range of measures you can take to prepare for bushfire this summer go to https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/fire/bushfire/Pages/publications.aspx