Welcome to the Shire of Nannup

Fire and Emergency Management

Major emergencies are an unfortunate fact of life and can come in many forms or types of hazard, including bushfire, flood, severe storm events and major road transport crashes.

In case of emergency Phone 000

For information on how to prepare your property for fires and other major emergencies contact:

Community Emergency Services Officer
Ph: 08 9756 1018

Mobile: 0437 077 169
Alternatively, you may submit an enquiry here.

Bushfire Risk Compliance Notice (Firebreak Notice and Requirements)

Click here to download the Bushfire Risk Compliance Notice.
Click here to download the Bushfire Risk Compliance Notice Variation Form.
For a list of contractors that can assist with firebreak clearing, and/or fire hazard reduction, Click here.

Burning Periods and Fire Danger Ratings

Annual Burning Periods

Restricted Burning Details
3 November to 17 December  18 December to 28 February  1 March to 14 May

A Permit to Burn is required during the Restricted Burning Period.

Please note: The above dates are subject to change at short notice due to variable weather conditions. Please monitor the Shire’s website and social media for updates and always call your area Fire Control Officer (FCO) or the Shire to check prior to lighting up.

Fire Danger Ratings and Bushfire Warning Systems

The Fire Danger Rating tells you how dangerous a fire would be if one started.

Ratings are forecast based on weather and other environmental conditions such as fuel load.

The ratings are:

  • Moderate
  • High
  • Extreme
  • Catastrophic

To view current fire danger ratings visit the Emergency WA website.

Tip: Insert your address (or suburb) into the 'Search Address' box.

Find out about the Australian Bushfire Warning System and how to prepare a bushfire plan.

Fire Control Officers - Bushfire Brigade Contacts

Bushfire Brigade Details
Chief Bush Fire Control Officer Robin Mellema 9756 1156 or 0427 975 611
Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officer (North)

Mark Scott

9756 0444 or 0427 560 444

Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officer (South) John Patman 0407 713 653
Balingup Road
Mark Scott
9756 0444 or 0427 560 444
Peter Hastie
0419 772 775
Gerald Brown
0428 562 055
John Patman
0407 713 653
East Nannup
Victor Lorkiewicz
9756 1129
Nannup Brook
Carey Curtis
9756 1474
Nannup Townsite
Shire of Nannup Community Emergency Services Officer or Ranger
9756 1018
North Nannup
Mike Vasey
9756 0921 or 0499 509 479
Brett Fowler
0409 089 947
Peerabeelup Coastal John Jonker

0439 411 351

Scott River/Jasper
Andrew McNab
0427 581 489

Permit to Burn 

Permits to burn are required for the whole of the Restricted Burning Period and can only be obtained from your area Fire Control Officer.
How to apply for a permit

To obtain a permit during the Restricted Burning Period please contact the Fire Control Officer of your local brigade or the Shire of Nannup office on 9756 1018. Permits must be obtained before burning commences. 

Important note: You will need to allow up to 72 hours for a Fire Control Officer to attend your property to assess your Permit to Burn application. 

Before you apply for a permit check the following

  • Do you have the ability to contain, control and extinguish your burn? This means you have suitable firefighting equipment onsite for the duration of the burn. If your burn escapes and causes damage, you may be liable for costs.
  • The Fire Danger Rating (FDR) System has recently changed. When the FDR is High or above all burning is prohibited and permits to burn are automatically suspended (you will have to extinguish your burn). To check the FDR go to  www.emergency.wa.gov.au
      • click on the FDR icon and find Southern Forests which includes Nannup.
    • Ensure you have given notice to the neighbours (owners or occupiers of adjoining land). Period of notice to neighbours prior to burning cannot be more than 28 days or less than 4 days, although lesser notice may be determined by mutual agreement.

    The Fire Control Officer will require the following information before issuing a permit:

    • The address of the property where it is proposed to conduct the burn
    • Details of three abled bodied persons who will be in attendance at the fire at all times whilst it is alight, including a contact phone number
    • Details of firefighting equipment that will be on site and confirmation it is in good working condition
    • If there are firebreaks installed at the property and if a fire appliance will have access to the site of the burn
    • What materials are to be burned, are they dry, and the size of the proposed burn.

    Once the Permit is Issued, the permit holder shall give notice to burn to:

    1. DBCA Busselton (08) 9752 5555 if within 3km of State Forest. 
    2. Shire of Nannup offices 9756 1018 (you will need the DBCA reference #),
    3. DFES Communications 1800 198 140 (10min prior to ignition and update as required) this will ensure your burn is displayed on Emergency WA maps.   

    Important Permit Information

    All burning is prohibited and permits to burn are automatically suspended on days when the fire danger rating is High or above, or a Total Fire Ban or Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban is declared.

    Permits to burn are issued subject to certain conditions which are listed on the permit. Failure to comply with all of these conditions may result in a fine of $250. Any special conditions imposed by the Fire Control Officer when issuing permits must be strictly adhered to.

    It is an offence to apply to another Brigade’s Fire Control Officer for a permit if your Brigade’s Fire Control Officer has refused you. Fire Control Officers’ ability to issue permits may vary in some instances. Please assist them by planning your permit requirements early. Fire Control Officers’ are not obligated to issue permits to burn and may provide advice on alternatives to burning. Abusing a Fire Control Officer for not issuing a permit will not be tolerated.

    All landowners and occupiers upon whose land a bushfire occurs have an obligation to assist each area Fire Control Officer to compile a Fire Report form.

    Roadside Burning

    Road side burning by residents and brigades are to follow these policy guidelines:
    Policy BFC 2 Roadside Burning
    1. Authority to allow road-side burning on Council controlled road reserves shall rest with the area Fire Control Officer and the Chief Executive Officer, jointly,

    2. Initially, all requests for road-side burning should be directed to the area Fire Control Officer for the issue of permits, where appropriate,

    3. Fire Control Officers should then contact the Chief Executive Officer to obtain permission for the burn, and

    4. All necessary safety precautions are to be taken, including the placing of warning signs either end of the burn.
     Other important points to consider are:
    • notifying the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions,
    • notifying neighbours, 
    • raking around roadside trees to avoid them burning out and falling over the road,
    • smoke over roads which can create an extremely hazardous environment for road users,
    • requesting resource support from council which may be possible on occasions dependant on availability,
    • requesting brigade support to assist with the burn.

    Cooking and Camping

    Cooking or Campfires

    Fire Danger Rating

    Prohibited Burning Times

    Restricted Burning Time

    Conditions of Cooking or Campfires

    • FDR must be moderate or no rating.
    • A minimum of 3m clear space of all vegetation/flammable material.
    • Not left unattended.
    • Extinguish with water and/or earth before you leave.
    • If on public land, only in purpose built campfire pit provided by the landowner.

    High, Extreme or Catastrophic

    Not permitted

    Not permitted

    Moderate or no rating

    Not permitted

    Permitted under  conditions

    Shire of Nannup prohibits the burning of all garden refuse within its district during the Prohibited Burning Times. During the Restricted Burning Times a permit is required.

    Pursuant to the powers contained in section 25 (1a) of the Bush Fires Act 1954, the Shire of Nannup prohibits the lighting of a fire in the open air for the purpose of camping or cooking during the prohibited period. The lighting of camping and/or cooking fires is prohibited when the Fire Danger Rating for the District is High or above at any other time of the year.

    For the purpose of this section (1aa) a gas appliance, comprising a flame of which is encapsulated by the appliance and which does not consume solid fuel, shall not be taken to be a fire in the open air.

    A fire for the purpose of camping or cooking shall not be lit within 3 metres of a log or stump, and unless a space of ground around the site of the fire having a radius of at least 3 metres from the centre of the fire, is cleared of all vegetation and other flammable materials

    Campfires shall not be left unattended, shall have an available method of extinguishment while burning and may not be lit on public land unless purpose built campfire pits have been provided by the owner of the land and permission to use them has been given.

    The person who lit the fire, or another capable person left in attendance at the fire, as the case may be, shall completely extinguish the fire by the application of water and/or earth before that person leaves the site unattended.

    Burning of Garden Refuse

    Pursuant to the powers contained in section 24G (2) of the Bush Fires Act 1954, the Shire of Nannup prohibits the burning of all garden refuse within its district during the Prohibited Burning Times. This prohibition applies to all persons within the Shire’s district.

    During the Restricted Burning Time the burning of garden refuse or rubbish on the ground or in an incinerator that would otherwise be permitted under Section 24F is prohibited on all land within the district, without a Fire Permit issued under Regulation 15 of the Bush Fires Act 1954.

    Local Emergency Management Arrangements

    Animal Welfare Plan
    In 2013 in conjunction with community groups and individuals, the Animal Welfare Plan was established to assist with the management and wellbeing of animals during and after an emergency.
    If you are interested in assisting, can provide transport or a fenced area for domestic animals to be sheltered, please print off the form and return to the Shire of Nannup front office.
    For more information please contact the Shire office on 9756 1018 or Leigh Fletcher, the Acting Community Emergency Services Officer, on 0437 077 169.