Fire Management

Ranger Services has a number of Bush Fire Control Officers that are responsible for investigating and monitoring residential, commercial and rural properties within the Shire for potential fire hazards and compliance with the Bush Fire Act, Regulations and Local Laws.

Bushfires

The Shire assists the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) with the monitoring, reporting and control of bushfires within its Municipal boundary. 

Pursuant to Appendix 4: Bush Fires Act Prohibited and Restricted Burning Times, Wyndham/East Kimberley restricted burning period each year is between 1 April to 14 January.

Applications for burning off, or for conducting firefighting drills, will be made to the Fire Control Officer. Some approvals may need to be sought from the Minister. For further information, contact the Shire’s Fire Control Officers (Ranger Services), on (08) 9168 4100 during business office hours. 

Information relating to the Bushfires Act and control of bushfires is available at http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/.

Details of daily fire ratings can be found at http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/forecasts/kununurra.shtml.

A fire shall not be lit during the Restricted Period unless and until notice of intention to burn has been given to the occupier of all land adjoining the land on which the burning is to take place and to a Fire Control Officer from the Shire.

A person who has lit a fire or person left in attendance of a fire shall completely extinguish the fire by application of water or earth before leaving it.

Permits

During the Shire's restricted burning times (1 April - 14 January), a person must have a permit to burn prior to burning.

Permits are at no cost to the applicant however, they can only be issued by authorised Fire Control Officers. To obtain a permit contact a Fire Control Officer at the Shire office.

Appointed FCO's (Fire Control Officers) require 48 hours notice to assess an application.  Applications must include supporting documentation including:

  • Burn plans of the proposed area;
  • Type of material proposed to burn;
  • Dates of proposed burn; and
  • Contact details.

Late applications may result in the permit being denied.

Click here for a Fire Permit Request Supporting Information form.

Burning Within Town Limits

A fire lit for the purpose of destroying garden refuse or any like purpose is prohibited.

Refer:

  • Burning rubbish or refuse - Section 4.2.13 Health Local Laws 2003 (Health Act 1911).
  • Escape of smoke etc. - Section 5.1.3 Health Local Laws 2003 (Health Act 1911).
  • Burning garden refuse prohibited if fire danger very high to catastrophic - Section 24D Bush Fires Act 1954.
  • Burning garden refuse during limited burning times - Section 24F Bush Fires Act 1954.
  • Minister or Local Government may further restrict burning of garden refuge - Section 24G Bush Fires Act 1954.
  • Permit to burn the refuse of proclaimed plants during prohibited burning times - Division 2 Bush Fire Regulations 1954.

A fire lit for the purpose of Camping/Cooking

  • A person can light a small fire (including small contained fire pits) for the purpose of cooking/camping at any time of the year, unless the fire danger forecast is "catastrophic", "extreme", "severe" or “very high”.
  • Fires must be cleared of any inflammable material within a 3 metre radius.
  • Fires shall not be lit within 6 metres of a tree, dead or alive.
  • At least one person MUST remain in attendance of fire.
  • Any directions given by a Bush Fire Control Officer must be followed.
  • Can only be lit between the hours of 18:00hrs in the evening and 23:00hrs of the same day.

Refer:

  • No fire to be lit in open air unless certain precautions taken - Section 25 Bush Fires Act 1954.

Cooking With Gas Appliances

A gas lit appliance comprising a fire, the flame of which is encapsulated by the appliance and which does not consume solid fuel shall not be taken as to be a fire lit in the open air and may be used at any time for the purpose of camping or cooking if that gas appliance is used-

  • At a person’s home, or
  • In an area that is set aside for that purpose by the state authority or local government that bears a sign denoting that purpose, and 
  • All combustible material is cleared from within a 5 metre radius of the appliance.