Fire Community Safety

Woodanilling Bushfire Risk Management Plan - View Here

Reporting a Fire

When reporting a fire call 000 - or contact any fire control officer.

Provide the following information:

  1. Your name and contact number;
  2. Fire location (information such as landmarks, road names, intersections, your location and the direction of the smoke and estimated distance is helpful in establishing fire location); 
  3. If it is a private property, supply the property owner’s name if known; and
  4. Provide details of fire site access if known.

If you are reporting a fire that is structural or threatening homes always call 000.


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Fire Ban Facts

Fire Break Notice

Fire Break Notices are distributed with Rates Notices each year. All firebreaks and fire hazard reduction measures are to be completed for all areas within the Shire of Woodanilling by 15 November and must be maintained at that standard until 15 April. For more information please contact your local Fire Control Officer.

Significant fines apply – please ensure you read your notice and comply with the requirements for your area.

Firebreak Notice - download

Fire Break Penalties
Failure to comply with the Fire Break Notice $5,000
Setting fire to the bush during prohibited burning times

 $250,000 and 14 years imprisonment

Preparing For The Fire Season

The following points will help assist you as property owners in preparing yourselves and your homes for the coming fire season.
Prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan and have a backup plan.

Spring (September – November)

  • Move wood piles and stack timber away from homes.
  • Keep grass short.
  • Clear out gutters on homes and out buildings.
  • Install firebreaks in accordance with the Fire Break Requirements Notice.
  • Create a 20 metre circle of safety around you home and other buildings.

Summer (November – May)

  • Water lawns, trees and shrubs near buildings to keep green.
  • Recheck fire-fighting equipment, screens, water supplies and that gutters remain clear.
  • Long Term precautions that can be taken.
  • Make sure that buildings are safe – fit wire screens and shutters, fill gaps into roof/wall spaces, fit fire screens to evaporative air conditioners and have them operable to provide a water supply.
  • Give consideration to installing external building sprinkler systems and backup power for emergencies.
  • Ensure that access to emergency water supplies has the correct fittings, is unobstructed and trafficable.
  • Get basic training in fire-fighting by contacting the Shire of Woodanilling.

Information Brochures including a Bushfire Survival Plan checklist can be obtained from the Shire of Woodanilling or the DFES Website.

Your responsiblity for your Private Power Poles and lines

Power lines which transport electricity from your main switchboard and meter to your home or other buildings are private power lines. This includes the pole where the network operator's overhead service cable is attached and/or the switchboard/meter box is located.
If you have private power lines or a private power pole on your property, it is your responsibility to inspect and maintain them. Keep trees and branches clear of the power lines. This will help prevent power interruptions and reduce the possibility of electrocution or fire.
This is not a new requirement. It has always been the property owner’s responsibility to maintain all electrical equipment they own.

Fore more information please see the Department of Commerce information brochure

Obtaining a Permit to Burn

Permits to burn are required for all fires during the Restricted and Prohibited burning periods of the fire season. Permits can be obtained through your local Fire Control Officer. (see Bush Fire Brigade)

The Restricted Burning Period is in place from 19 September to the 31 October and from 15 February to the 15 April inclusive.

Permits to burn may be issued during the Prohibited Burning Period from 1 November to 14 February for protective burning only.

Restricted and Prohibited burning periods may be extended so please contact your local Fire Control Officer before burning.

Permits for ALL fires are required during this time.

Please be aware that it is the Permit Holder's responsibility to ensure that all condition on the burning permit are followed at all times. A copy of the permit MUST be received by the permit holder before the burning activity can commence.