Bushfires and Fire Control

Information on Firebreaks, Fuel Hazard Reduction and what you need to do to prevent and prepare for emergencies. 

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Legal Requirements

Installing and maintaining firebreaks each year is a legal requirement for all land owners/occupiers within the Shire. Further information on firebreaks and your legal requirements can be found on pages 6 to 11 of the Shire's current Firebreak Notice.  
The Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire maintains a list of local Firebreak Contractors, please see below. 

Variation to Firebreak Orders

If you consider you cannot clear firebreaks as required by the Firebreak Notice, you may apply in writing to Council requesting permission to provide firebreaks in an alternative position or take alternative action to comply with the Firebreak Notice.

For further information on Variation to Firebreak Orders, refer to pages 20 to 22 of the Shire's current Firebreak Notice.

To apply for a variation please call 9526 1111 and request a Variation to Firebreak Order Kit or fill out the request form below and return it to the Shire.

Bushfire Management Plans

If your property has a bushfire management plan approved as part of a subdivision or planning application, there may be additional firebreak and fuel hazard reduction requirements. Further information on bushfire management plans can be found below.

Fuel Hazard Reduction

Hazard Reduction Burning and Permits 

There are legal requirements for hazard reduction burning depending on the time of year and type of burning taking place. This may include the requirement to obtain a permit from your local Fire Control Officer, notify certain persons or to abide by specific conditions. To find out the current burning period, please refer to the Key Dates section. 

For information on the requirements of hazard reduction burning, garden refuse burning and who to contact for a permit please refer to pages 23 to 31 of the Shire's current Firebreak Notice.

Application for Shire Verge Burning

Fire Danger Ratings, Total Fire Bans and Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) links below provide information on what the different fire danger ratings mean, as well as explaining total fire bans and harvest and vehicle movement bans. For further information on what you can and cannot do during 'very high' fire danger days please refer to page 20 of the Shire's current Firebreak Notice.

Preparing Your Property and Family for Emergencies

5 minute fire chat

DFES has a range of resources available to assist in preparing your property and family for bushfires.

The 5 minute Fire Chat asks people living in a high bushfire risk area to have a fire chat to discuss three key questions with family and friends or to discuss with their neighbours if they live alone:

  • When will you know to leave?
  • Where will you go?
  • Which way will you go?

Be a mate to 8

Be a mate to 8 of your neighbours. Print off the 'Be a mate to 8' poster, fill in your neighbours details and make sure you have it somewhere handy for use in an emergency.