As a measure to assist in the control of bush fires, or prevent the spread or extension of a bush fire which may occur, residents who own land within the Shire of Exmouth are required to install firebreaks each year in accordance with the Bush Fires Act 1954. Owners and occupiers of land within the district are advised of firebreak requirements annually through the Shire of Exmouth Firebreak Notice.
This Notice is distributed either with the rates notice, or separately. Once receiving the notice, land owners and occupiers are required to undertake activities within a specified time period to reduce the spread or impact of fire on private lands.
Property inspections are undertaken by the Shire of Exmouth’s Rangers Services every year between 1 October and 30 April the following year to ensure compliance. A minimum of $250 on the spot fine can be issued for non-compliant owners and occupiers.
Please ensure you are aware of the requirements for your land, and assist the Shire and volunteer fire services by undertaking fuel reduction works prior to and during the burning season. For further information on the Notice, contact the Shire of Exmouth Ranger Services on (08) 9949 1699.
Restricted Burning Periods
A restricted burning period exists within the Shire of Exmouth from 1 October to 30 April the following year (inclusive). Permits are required for burning anytime between the aforementioned dates. Permits must be obtained from the Compliance and Emergency Services Coordinator on 9949 1699.
When and How to Burn
During the restricted burning period, camp fires a prohibited within the whole Shire except in recognised camping and picnic areas where properly constructed facilities exist.
Gas and Electric Barbecues with an enclosed flame are permitted to be used at any time. Solid fuel barbecues are prohibited on days of Very High Fire Danger or higher.
Garden Refuse and Rubbish
During the restricted burning period, small heaps (up to 1m3) of garden refuse may be burnt on the ground between 6:00pm and 11:00pm but only after a 5 metre wide break has been cleared around the fire site and at least one able bodied person is in attendance at all times. Burning is prohibited on days of Very High Fire Danger or higher.
Alternatives to Burning
Consider the environment and the effect smoke may have on the surrounding community, and whenever practical use alternative methods of fuel reduction like composting, mobile mulching services, or the Qualing Scarp Waste Management Facility, slashing grass or the application of herbicides.
Advice is Available
Further advice on how to protect your home from fire, and when and how to burn off is available from the Shire of Exmouth Ranger Services. If you have any questions contact them on 9949 1699.