2019/2020 Bush Fire Season

Burning Times

Restricted 1 October 2019 – 13 November 2019
Prohibited 14 November 2019 – 7 February 2020
Restricted 8 February 2020 – 30 April 2020 The restricted burning season has been extended by the Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner to reduce the COVID-19 risk to firefighters.  This extension will be reviewed again prior to the end of April.

Burning Permits

To obtain a burning permit during the required season, contact your local bush fire control officer, listed below.

Automatic Harvest Bans

An automatic harvest ban applies throughout the shire on Christmas Day & New Years Day.
No lighting of fires on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Bush Fire Control Officers

Chief Bush Fire Control Officer - Roger Butler - 0427 884 065

Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officer - Colin Coxon - 0428 887 095

Chief Executive Officer - Mark Hook 0429 207 855

Manager Works & Services - Gary Rasmussen 0429 882 871

Notice to all Owners and/or Occupiers of Land in the Shire of Wickepin.

Pursuant to the powers contained in Section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954, owners and occupiers of property within the Shire of Wickepin are hereby required on or before 1 October 2018 and thereafter to 28 April 2019 to plough, scarify or otherwise provide and maintain firebreaks clear of all inflammable material at least 2.5 metres wide as follows:-

Rural Land

  • Inside the boundary of all land held by each owner or occupier, their firebreaks need not follow the perimeter of any paddock but will be acceptable following land contours in an endeavour to overcome water erosion;
  • To subdivide each holding into lots of no greater than 200 hectares; and
  • To surround the homestead, out buildings and fuel storages on any such land.
  • That from 15 October all harvesting and baling (including cutting and raking) operations, there shall be an operational mobile engine powered firefighting unit with a minimum capacity of 400 litres of water located in or immediately adjacent to the paddock being harvested and/or baled.  The responsibility to supply the firefighting unit is that of the landowner/occupier.
  1. Townsite Land

    All lots within the townsites of Harrismith, Tincurrin, Toolibin, Wickepin and Yealering are required to be cleared and maintained free of all debris or inflammable material. Failure to comply with these requirements renders the owner or occupier liable to a penalty not more than $400.


2019/20 Fire Break Notice 

Safe Harvesting Practices

Total Fire Ban Fact Sheet 

Fire Chat

Scheme Water during a Bushfire

Bush Fire Uniforms

A reminder to Bush Fire Volunteers; Bush Fire uniforms are available from the Shire of Wickepin admin office with one free uniform per registered brigade volunteer. Come into the Shire to retrieve your free uniforms. Uniforms come in men's sizes 89L, 92R etc, and not S/M/L/XL. We recommend you come and try the uniforms on for the best fitting.

Why wear flame retardent uniforms

Care and maintenance for your uniforms