Restricted Burning Period to come into effect Monday, 13 May

Published on Friday, 10 May 2024 at 1:09:12 PM

The Restricted Burning Period will come into effect across the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale on Monday, 13 May 2024.

During this time, residents can legally burn off garden refuse piles sized at a maximum one cubic meter without a permit. However, conditions are significantly drier than normally seen at this time of year, and therefore any burning of garden refuse needs to be done with very careful considerations of the following requirements:

  • Consider the need to burn now – wherever possible, delay burning refuse until the area has received significantly more rainfall and even consider delaying until the Unrestricted Burning Period is announced.
  • For burning that must occur now, remember that garden refuse burning must take place only between the hours of 6pm – 11pm and must be fully extinguished before midnight.
  • Only a single 1 cubic metre pile can be burnt at once.
  • Be present for the entire period of the burn until the fire is fully extinguished.
  • Ensure you have adequate water supply present for the duration of the burning – enough to fully extinguish the fire, as well as any spot fires that could occur, is required.
  • Check the area of the burn regularly after it is extinguished, to prevent re-ignition.
  • Notify the Department of Fire and Emergency Services on 9395 9209 to register the burn. This ensures that fire brigades can manage their responses during the restricted period.
  • At any time if the Fire Danger Rating is High or above, no burning can occur. Check EmergencyWA prior to burning.

Residents will need to obtain a permit via their local Fire Control Officer for any burning larger than one cubic metre. However, given the conditions, permits for active running fire in bush and timber areas are not being considered at this time until additional rain is received.

Residents are strongly encouraged to join the SJ SMS Alert Service. After joining, you will receive text messages from the Shire regarding burning periods and fire danger, however it remains your responsibility to check EmergencyWA prior to any burning.

For more information on burning periods, click here.

As we approach the warmer months, it’s vital for all SJ residents to ensure their properties are ready to face the threat of bushfire this summer.

Creating a Bushfire Plan is the first step toward protecting your family and home in the event of an emergency.

Get started on your Bushfire Plan here

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