Bushfire Management

To report a fire dial 000.

Rangers are Fire Control Officers and administer the Bush Fires Act 1954, Regulations and issue permits to burn. If you have any queries about bushfire prevention and firebreaks contact Rangers on 08 9191 0999.

Burning Off Periods and Fire Permits

To obtain a Permit, scroll down to the below application forms, alternatively please contact Ranger Services on 08 9191 0999 or via email at sdwk@sdwk.wa.gov.au.

Restricted Burning Period

The Restricted Burning Period commences on April 1 through to January 14 annually unless amended by Council due to seasonal conditions. A permit to burn must be obtained from the Fire Control Officer before any burning is carried out.

It is the householder's responsibility to ensure that their properties are free of flammable materials.

Fire Break Notice

For the protection and safety of you and your community, all owners and occupiers of land are required to have fire control measures and/or fire breaks completed as of 30 June and maintained to 31 December in accordance with the Fire Break notice. 

A Fire Break Notice is served on all owners or occupiers of land within the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley advising they are required to have fire breaks or fire control measures. 

Fire Weather Forecast

The Fire Danger Index (FDI) and fire warnings are by the Bureau of Meteorology.

On a day when the fire danger forecast issued by the Bureau of Meteorology is high or above, certain legal restraints on the use of fire automation come into force. These restraints, referring to fire lit in open air; include a ban on burning off even though a fire permit may have been issued.

High, extreme and catastrophic fire conditions - burning off is not permitted and Total Fire Bans could be issues by DFES.

Online Form - Application for Permit to Burn

Complete this form for a permit to burn.

Please complete this form at least 5 business days before you plan to burn.

Applicant Details

Area to be Burnt

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Are there fire breaks?*


Details of the main person who will be supervising the fire if different from the applicant


Please upload any photos or diagrams of the proposed to be burn (if possible)

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I have taken / will take the following precautions to prevent the spread of fire:

I have notified, or made reasonable attempts to notify, all adjoining owners or occupiers of my intention to apply for a Permit to Burn the Bush, at least 48 hours prior to submitting this application.

In addition to obtaining a Permit to Burn the Bush, I understand that I must comply with Local, State and Federal Legislation when constructing fire breaks and burning vegetation.

I understand that it is my responsibility to have checked with the Shire to ensure there is no local law restricting or prohibiting the lighting of fires prior to submitting this Application.

I understand that I must have obtained permission from the Shire to light a fire, if required by local law, prior to submitting this application.

I verify that there are no toxic and / or hazardous materials that will be consumed by the fire.

I understand that if the fire escapes my firebreaks, I must report it immediately to 000 and take all reasonable steps to extinguish or control the fire until it is contained.

I understand that I am required to have a current Permit to Burn the Bush in my possession while this fire is still burning; and

I understand that the perimeter of the fire(s) is / are to be made safe and the fire patrolled until there is no longer any risk of the fire escaping.

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