Fire management is a critical issue particularly in the rural parts of Collie.
Notice Period 2016-17
The Shire of Collie Firebreak order, information about bushfire precautions, information relevant to the use of camping and cooking fires, and proposed fire restrictions for each fire season are included in the Firebreak and fuel reduction notice which is sent out with the rates notices each year.
Under Section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 all owners of land are required to comply with the Shire of Collie Firebreak Order. Non compliance with the Firebreak Order may be issued with an infringement notice which provides a penalty of $250.
The prohibited burning period for 2016-17 is 15th December to 14th March.
The Bush Fires Act 1954 provides for the proclamation of restricted and prohibited burning times. Permits to burn during restricted burning times can be obtained only from a Fire Control Officer.
The restricted burning period for 2016-17 is 15 March to 30th May
Please also note, permits are required for all burning in the Restricted Burning Period. Any changes made to the Prohibited Burning Period will be advertised via local media.
Residents and landholders in rural areas are encouraged to join local volunteer fire brigades to better understand the effects of fire and the importance of working together to prevent and fight fires.
Bushfires are a naturally occurring event and the Australian vegetation has evolved to not only depend on, but, encourage bushfires for regeneration. Bushfires are extremely unpredictable, and occur without warning every summer. The only certainty is that, if there is bush, there will be a bushfire at some point.
Bushfire Fighting Vehicles in the Shire of Collie
Currently there are 8 Volunteer Bushfire Brigade firefighting vehicles in the Shire of Collie. In the event of a bushfire you cannot be guaranteed to have bushfire fighting vehicle(s) at your property. Also due to the road access to some houses fire fighters would not be deployed to protect houses which may endanger fire fighters’ lives.