Fire Control

Bush Fire Danger

The Bureau of Meteorology issues 'Bush Fire Danger' ratings from November - April. The current fire danger rating can be found on their website. York falls under the Avon District.

Fire Ranger Rating for Shire of York

Fire Control Information

During the fire season the Community Emergency Services Manager (CESM) takes on the co-ordination of approximately 200 members of the Shire’s Bush Fire Brigades.

Important Fire Dates

Firebreaks - last day - 25 October each year. Maintain until 14 April each year.

Burning Permits Required

All Areas - 15 October - 30 November

All Areas - 15 February - 14 April

Variations to restricted burning times may be declared each year. Please contact the Community Emergency Services Manager for current advice 

Prohibited Burning Periods

Commences - 1 December 

Ceases - 15 February unless period has been extended.

Very High/Severe/Extreme Or Catastrophic Fire Danger Burning Prohibited

No burning whatsoever is permitted on days of Very High, Severe, Extreme or Catastrophic fire danger or where wind speed exceeds 20 km/hour, including incinerators, on prohibited burning periods of very high, severe, extreme or catastrophic fire danger, except for gas appliances.

The following fire precautions and prohibitions shall be observed by any person involved in performing any of the following activity:

  1. cooking or camp fires in open air (other than established home barbecues) are prohibited during the prohibited burning time without written permission from the Council or its authorised officer;
  2. the use of angle grinders and metal cutting/welding equipment is prohibited out of doors in very high or extreme fire danger during the prohibited burning time;
  3. when angle grinders and metal cutting/welding equipment is being used between 1 September and 31 May each year there shall be a minimum 5 kilogram fire extinguisher or a fire fighting unit in working order with a minimum of 100 litres of water immediately adjacent to the work area;
  4. when harvesting is in progress owners/occupiers of land shall have a mobile fire-fighting unit in working order with a minimum of 400 litres of water in or immediately adjacent to the paddock being harvested; and
  5. all headers operating in standing crop or stubble paddocks shall carry an operational fire extinguisher of not less than 9 litre capacity;
  6. the operation of swathers, stubble balers, slashers, mechanically operated dry grass cutters, chains and portable sawmills during restricted and prohibited burning times is subject to the same fire fighting equipment requirements as for harvesting; and
  7. harvesting within the Shire of York is permitted on Sundays and Public Holidays except for Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Boxing Day, unless otherwise advertised by the Council by notice in a newspaper circulating within the district.

Harvest bans and vehicle movement bans are broadcast daily on the Shire of York Harvest Ban Hotline on 9641 2819..

Firebreaks

On or before 25 October each year you MUST take firebreak precautions as shown below and these must be MAINTAINED up to and including 14 April the following year. (Penalties apply).

The purpose is to stop fires from spreading, to allow entry for firefighting vehicles and to provide a break from which a control fire can be lit.

If a firebreak is impractical along your boundary for environmental or other reasons, notify the Shire Council by 15 October to obtain permission for firebreak in an alternative position or of a different nature.

  • Land within a townsite up to 1020m2 must be cleared of all inflammable material.
  • Land within a townsite from 1020m2 up to 4000m2 must have a firebreak 2.1 metres wide and be slashed or hazard reduced to ensure inflammable materials are less than 150mm high.
  • Land within a townsite over 4000m2 must have 2.1 metres wide firebreaks, and around all buildings, fuel and haystacks.
  • Rural land up to 300ha must have 2.1 metres wide firebreaks, and around all buildings, fuel and haystacks. Council's aim is hazard reduction on all properties within the Shire.

Please contact the Community Emergency Services Manager (0427 057 719) or the Shire Rangers (0417 181 349) for assistance.

The Shire Ranger – John Goward is responsible for the investigation of offences committed under the provisions of the Bushfires Act 1954 which may result in the issuing of infringement notices or court prosecution.

These offences include:

  • Failure of owner or occupier to comply with a notice requiring him to take action to clear and plough firebreaks or take action to prevent the outbreak or spread of bushfires.
  • Set fire to the bush during prohibited burning times.
  • Operating a harvesting machine or header when prohibited.

Contact Shire Office (business hours)

Phone (08) 9641 2233
CESM 0427 057 719

Contact Ranger Office (business hours)

Ranger - John Goward's Mobile 0417 181 349
Fax (Shire Office) 9641 2202
Phone 9641 2489
Administration Phone 9641 2233

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Numbers
Troy Granville - Community Emergency Services Manager/ FCO 0427 057 719
John Goward - Shire Ranger (Mobile) 0417 181 349
John Goward - Shire Ranger (Office) (08) 9641 2489
After hoursContract Ranger 0417 181 349

Bush Fire Control Officers

Bush Fire Control Officers
BURGES SIDING BRIGADE
Rhys Turton - Captain (FCO)   0417 412 565
Stephen Chipper - FCO 9641 1438 0427 086 586
Andrew Boultbee - FCO 9641 1413 0418 908 867
Glen Davies - FCO 9641 1029 0488 198 877
GREENHILLS BRIGADE
Simon Penny - Captain (FCO) 9641 6068 0417 990 616
Jeremy Marwick - FCO 9641 4068 0428 411 024
Paul Jenkinson - FCO 9641 4063 0439 927 209
David Jenkinson - FCO 9641 4090 0428 176 924
MALEBELLING BRIGADE
Bruce Gentle - Captain (FCO) 9641 1030 0417 987 054
Wayne Collins - Chief Bush Fire Control Officer 9641 7010 0417 099 589
Tim Springbett - FCO   0428 417 018
Peter Boyle - FCO 9641 1186 0429 882 496
TALBOT BROOK BRIGADE
Laurie Fairclough - Captain (DCBFCO)   0427 431 014
Terry Davies - FCO   0429 411 449
David Wallace - FCO 0427 902 987
YORK VOLUNTEER FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES
Warrick McGregor - Captain (DCBFCO) 9641 1698 0429 932 025

DON’T LET YOUR FIRE BECOME THE GREAT ESCAPE!

The Community Emergency Services Manager along with the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer for the Shire of York would like to remind everyone to take all care when deciding to conduct any form of burning and to be well prepared to prevent the fire escaping your control.

It is always the responsibility of the person who conducts a burn to ensure that the fire does not escape their control and penalties and sanctions including fines and/or the recovery of the costs associated with local Bush Fire Brigade response can apply where a fire escapes and impacts others.

The following is a list of factors to consider when conducting burning…

What are the current weather conditions particularly relating to wind strength and direction? (no burning if the wind is likely to exceed 20kmh) Can you postpone your burn to a better day?
What are the forecast wind conditions for the following days?
Do you have sufficient resources available to prevent an escape of your fire?

 
If you live in town have you made sure that you have a hose or hoses that can easily reach the site of your fire and beyond? Have you checked that the water is turned on and ready immediately if required?

 
Have you cleared a bare mineral earth break around the area to be burnt? Do you have rakes and shovels immediately available to use?

 
Are you dressed appropriately with long pants and long sleeved cotton clothing, sturdy boots and leather gloves?

 
Have you ensured that your fire is a sufficient distance from trees, shrubs or anything else you don’t wish to burn? Remember flames heights can be considerably higher than your rubbish pile and radiant heat can set fire to surrounding items. Maintain a minimum of 5 metres clear for small garden fires. Wet down surrounding areas.

 
If you are outside of town do you have an adequate number of fire fighter units to control the burn? Have pumps, motors and hoses been checked to ensure immediate operation and water supply when required? Has a bare mineral earth firebreak been installed around the paddocks you wish to burn as per the Shire’s Firebreak Order?

 
Do you have a sufficient number of people organised to monitor the fire and maintain supervision until it is fully extinguished?
Remember to be vigilant to ensure the safety and protection of the whole community.

“Fire is a wonderful servant but a terrible master!”