Fires and Emergencies

Prohibited and Restricted Burning

Restricted burning for the previous fire season finished on 30 April 2020. Please note that, although we are current in an open burning season, it is still critically important to conduct all burning activities responsibly. This includes:

  • Only burning when weather conditions are favourable (avoiding hot, dry and windy conditions)
  • Ensuring you have a suitable water supply to manage the fire should it grow out of control
  • Supervising fires
  • Maintaining firebreaks or clearing flammable material away from the edges of the planned fire
  • Notifying your neighbours or local bushfire brigade where appropriate

This guide from DFES may also provide some helpful information.

As per our Fire Break Notice 2020/21, the next period of Restricted Burning will be from 17 September to 31 October 2020 and 1 February to 15 March 2021. During this period, permits will be required.

Prohibited Burning runs from 1 November 2020 to 31 January 2021; during this time there is to be strictly no burning.

For queries or assistance with any controlled burning, contact Chief Bushfire Control Officer Murray Thomas on 0428 281 157 or the Shire on 08 9928 1102.

Bushfire Preparedness

It’s important to have a plan for bushfire season. For information on how to prepare a bushfire plan, we suggest visiting the DFES website’s Bushfire Preparation page.

You can keep track of any of WA’s bushfire warnings and fire bans here.


Penalty Rates

The penalty for failing to comply with this notice is a fine of up to $400. A person in default is also liable , whether prosecuted or not, to pay the cost of performing the work in this notice, if it is not carried out by the owner or Occupier by the date required by this notice.

Failure to maintain a firebreak as per firebreak order$250
Offence relating lighting a fire in the open air$250
Setting fire to bush during prohibited burning period$250


Permit Issuing Officers
Murray Thomas 9928 1122 | 0428 281 157
Nick Duane9972 6058 | 0429 726 058
Fire Weather Officers
Murray Thomas 9928 1122 | 0428 281 157

Local Emergency Management Arrangements

Local Emergency Management Arrangements

The Mingenew Local Emergency Management Committee and Council adopted the most recent Local Emergency Management Arrangements in October 2019.

Click the link to download the Shire’s current Local Emergency Management Arrangements – Local Emergency Management Arrangements 2019.