Be Bushfire Ready: Preparation the key as bushfire season approaches

Published on Monday, 16 October 2023 at 8:59:26 AM

Serpentine Jarrahdale locals are urged to ensure their homes are prepared in the event of an emergency this summer, with the Southwest Bushfire Season fast approaching.

As part of the effort to reduce risk, Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Bushfire Mitigation Officers will begin conducting firebreak compliance assessments at properties as of 1 December 2023.

These assessments will include evaluating properties to confirm compliance with the Fire Hazard Reduction Notice mailed to residents in August.

Don’t have your Fire Hazard Reduction Notice? Download the PDF here.

The Fire Hazard Reduction Notice outlines the legal responsibilities of landowners and/or occupiers in the Shire, informing on what is required at each property ahead of the bushfire season.

Failure or neglect to comply with the notice is an offence and can result in a penalty of up to $5,000.

There are registered Firebreak Contractors operating in the Shire who can assist in ensuring your property is compliant ahead of the bushfire season. A list of contractors can be found at

For more information, call the Shire’s Emergency Services team on 9526 1111 or visit

Some things you can do help our Shire be best prepared for a bushfire include:

Having a Bushfire Plan

Bushfire Plans are a crucial tool for all SJ residents over the warmer months.

Get started on yours today

Knowing about Total Fire Bans

A Total Fire Ban (TFB) is declared on days when fires are most likely to threaten lives and property.

On a Total Fire Ban day, it is illegal to light an open-air fire or conduct any activity that could start a fire. 

Learn more here

Knowing your Fire Danger Ratings

Different rules apply to days with different fire danger ratings.

Find out more here

Knowing how to report an emergency

Seems simple, right? It’s important we all know how to appropriately report emergencies across the bushfire season.

Find out more

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