Restricted Burning Period commences, permits to burn suspended

Published on Thursday, 31 March 2022 at 3:54:29 PM

Shire of Mundaring will enter the Restricted Burning Period from 1 April with residents advised that Permits to Burn will not be available until further notice, due to drier than normal conditions. 

Until the dry conditions improve, the following measures will be in place:

No permits will be issued, however: 

  • 1 sqm piles of garden refuse can be burnt, one at a time, without a permit between 6pm and 11pm. Piles must be fully extinguished by midnight (fully extinguished means no heat, smoke or steam and no white ash present where the fire was situated).
  • No more than one pile of garden refuse is to be burnt at any one time. There must be one adult in attendance at all times.
  •  No burning of piles including after 6pm or with a permit on days where the Fire Danger Rating is Very High or above. 

When permits to burn are again permitted

Shire President James Martin said when Permits to Burn begin, residents would be able to apply online for a permit to burn via the Shire’s website.

“This year we plan to launch an improved online Burning Permit application to commence as soon as burning permits are permitted,” he said. 

“However, due to a long hot summer, and dry conditions, applications for Burning Permits are not available until conditions change.

“As soon as conditions ease, we will notify residents via the Shire’s website and social media pages. Anyone registered for the Shire’s Bushfire Safety Information SMS tool will also be notified by SMS.”

Approval from local brigade

Approval from the local fire brigade will still be required for permits for running fire, bonfires or windrows to ensure the brigade can check the conditions required have been met. 

Cr Martin said brigades could approve these without any face-to-face interaction but volunteers may call an applicant if they require additional information.

“Residents who are unable to access online permits will still be able to visit their local brigade on a Saturday morning to obtain a permit,” he said.

“Brigade Permit Issuing Officers can complete the application online and either email or print it for the resident. This will eliminate the need for permit books, reducing the Shire’s carbon footprint and costs.”

When a permit to burn is due to expire at the end of seven days, residents will receive an automatic reminder to reapply by following a link. 

 

 

 

 

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