Bush Fire Information


Bush Fire Brigade Contacts

Personnel contact details for the various brigades and Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service are in the 2019/20 Fire Season Newsletter (click here).
CEO/Chief Bush Fire Control Officer Geoff McKeown 9885 1005 0429 900 005
Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officer David Carter 9885 1220 0418 959 620
Bush Fire Radio Base Natalie Major (Echo Uncle Base) 9885 1021 0429 851 021

Restricted and Prohibited Burning Times

Following are the regular Restricted and Prohibited Burning Times for the Shire of Williams (subject to possible variation depending on each bushfire season):

(Restricted: September 23rd to March 29th)  Extended in 2020 until Thursday 30th April.

Prohibited: November 1st to February 14th 

Festive season automatic harvest bans: 25th & 26th of December and 1st of January each year.

 

For more information on 'Bushfire & Smoke Alerts' please consult the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
Their info on 'Prescribed Burns' is available here.


Harvest Ban / Vehicle Movement Ban SMS Service

If you'd like to get an SMS each time a ban is imposed in the Shire of Williams, contact us to be put on the list.
You will also be notified of any variation to the restricted/prohibited burning periods.
To be able to implement this, we must have the following details from you:
          1. First Name
          2. Last Name
          3. Mobile phone number
          4. The farm or company name you work for (if applicable)

You need to do this only once, and will remain on the list until we receive your request to be removed.
To request removal from our SMS list, simply 'Reply' to one of the SMSs with the word 'Unsubscribe'.

Unless unsubscribing, please do not reply to a harvest ban SMS with a message of your own, as these are be monitored.

There is also a Harvest Ban Hotline on 9885 1588, where a recorded message will inform you of the current status relating to Harvest/Vehicle Movement Bans.


Fire Response Vehicle Identifier

If you will be operating private equipment at fires you are required to apply for a Fire Response Vehicle Identifier sticker. Application forms are available at the Shire Office or by clicking here . This application does not incur any fees.

For further information you can download the guidelines directly from DFES:  

https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/fire/bushfire/BushfireManualsandGuides/FESA-Bushfire-GuidelinesforOperatingPrivateEquipment.pdf


Bush Fires Act 1954 Local Laws Relating to Firebreaks

For a copy of the Shire of Williams Local Laws Relating to Firebreaks, please click here.


Are you Bushfire Ready?                        

Everyone is encouraged to visit http://www.areyouready.wa.gov.au/ and share the information with neighbours and family to make sure everyone in the community is well prepared for the coming bushfire season.

Developed with tips and advice for communities across the state, this site includes a guide on the steps everyone can take to make sure people and homes are the safest they can be in the event of a fire. 

There are also fact sheets and checklists for easy reference. The website is easy to navigate with a user-friendly, clear layout so do yourself a favour and check it out today!

Click here for a Get Ready reference sheet.