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Burning Periods

EXTENSION OR A SHORTENING OF A BURNING PERIOD

Under Section 17 & 18 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 the Restricted and Prohibited Burning Periods are set by the FES Commissioner for each Local Government area and can vary significantly locality to locality the specific dates are set in the Government Gazette.

Local Government can shorten or extend these periods by only 14 days. This is decided by the Chief Bush fire Control Officer and the Shire President. It is then advertised if a change is to occur.

The Burning of Garden Refuse

Pursuant to the powers contained in section 24G (2) of the Bush Fires Act 1954, the Shire of Northam prohibits the burning of all garden refuse within its district during the Prohibited Burning Times. This prohibition applies to all persons within the Shire's district.

No Burning in Prohibited Period

  • The burning of garden refuse or rubbish on the ground or in an incinerator that would otherwise be permitted under Section 24F is prohibited absolutely on all land within the district during the Prohibited Burning Time.

Properties under 2000m2 No Burning during Restricted Period

  • The burning of garden refuse or rubbish on the ground or in an incinerator that would otherwise be permitted under Section 24F is prohibited on all land under 2000m2 (square metres) in size during the Restricted Burning Time, without a Fire Permit issued under Regulation 15 of the Bush Fires Act 1954. (Permits will only be issued to fire brigades to conduct controlled burns).

All garden refuse should be taken to the tip or disposed of in another manner, other than burning. 

Properties over 2000m2 Can burn small piles between 6pm and 11pm in the Restricted Period without a permit

  • During the Restricted Burning Time, residents on land that is greater than 2,000m² in area it is permissible to undertake the burning of garden refuse (dry leaves, small branches, off cuts, etc.) in separate piles on the ground no larger than 1.0 m³ between the hours of 18:00 (6pm) and 23:00 (11pm) by complying with all the conditions of section 24F (3) in the Bush Fires Act 1954.
  • Please contact DFES on 1800 198 140 communications centre to advise you are conducting a burn, this will lodge your burn on the Emergency WA website. 

Permits Required in Restricted Period if the burn does not fit into the categories above 

  • During the Restricted Burning Time, residents of the Shire may burn the bush for fire mitigation purposes by following the conditions of a valid permit to burn.

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