FIVE free workshops will be held in May to assist Shire of Mundaring residents reduce fuel loads on their properties.
Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Throssell said workshops would begin on Sunday 1 May and run for five consecutive Sundays.
Residents will learn from Shire officers and local volunteer brigade members how to safely reduce fuel loads on their property through a number of methods, including burning.
Mr Throssell said it was important that residents managed their fuel loads appropriately.
"Reducing fuel loads during the cooler months assists local brigades in the warmer months when fire is such a threat to our area," he said.
"Residents who register to take part in a workshop will learn how to assess fuel loads, prepare a property and determine when and how to burn."
Peter Holland and Rosemary Greenham were among dozens of residents who have previously participated in the workshops. The couple took part in 2014 and said the knowledge learnt had been helpful in managing their property since.
"We learnt about the correct tools and techniques to use and it has given us the confidence to implement our own winter burning regime that we will continue as soon as the Prohibited Burning Period ends," Mr Holland said.
"If there was a significant fire near our property we believe there is a good chance we would come out the other side of it, or that it would allow the firefighters to help us defend it because we've already done the base work.
"Some people are scared to approach the Shire because the fear they might get told off for things or get a fine but we found the opposite – the help was invaluable and gave us the confidence to tackle burning in areas that haven't been touched for many years."
For residents not comfortable burning off, an alternative means of reducing greenwaste is to dispose of it for free at one of the Shire's transfer stations.
Expressions of interest for the free burning workshops are invited via the Shire website www.mundaring.wa.gov.au.
The 2016 Fuel Reduction Program has been bought forward to make the most of the cool weather. Some workshops may be cancelled due to conditions. Should this occur, residents will be advised of alternate dates.
For more information phone 9290 6696 or visit www.mundaring.wa.gov.au