Fire Control

Fire Control & Information

Your local Bush Fire Control Officers are:

CHIEF BUSH FIRE CONTROL OFFICER

Damian Tomas    08 9685 128     0429 010 574

DEPUTY CHIEF BUSH FIRE CONTROL OFFICER

Gary Huckstep   08 9686 4050     0428 864 050

BUSH FIRE CONTROL OFFICERS

(Beacon)   Brandon Lancaster       0487 861 063

(Beacon)   John Dunne       08 9686 1045    0427 861 045

(Cleary)    Tim Cashmore   08 9686 6048    0427 926 684

(Welbungin) Allan Gracie  08 9685 1226    0409 088 121

(Gabbin)  Terry Gobbart    08 9684 8042    0428 848 042

(Wialki)     Brett Clark         08 9686 1171    0427 486 012

(Shire)      Jack Walker         08 9685 1202    0429 851 318

 

Beacon Volunteer Fire Services

Brigade Captain: Calvin Potter
Phone: (08) 9686 1074 or wk (08) 9686 1092
Mobile: 0428 355 905
Lieutenant:
Truck Mobile: 0427 648 035
CB Number: 5
Administration Officer:
Karley Dunne
Phone: (08) 9686 1104

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL 000

Fire & Harvest Bans​

Harvest Ban Hotline: 9487 0671
For the latest Emergency Services information visit: fesa.wa.gov.au/alerts
Total Fire Bans:
fesa.wa.gov.au/alerts
fesa.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans
Alerts Warnings:
Dept of Environment & Conservation Prescribed Burns: dpaw.wa.gov.au/ management/fire/prescribed-burning
Dept of Environment & Conservation Alerts
dpaw.wa.gov.au/news/alerts/bushfire-alert

Burning Periods

Restricted Burning Period – 19th September to 31st October (A permit to Burn is required)

Prohibited Burning Period  – 1st November to 31st January (No burning)

Restricted Burning Period  – 1st February to 15th March (A permit to Burn is required) 

Permits are issued on a daily basis & conditions apply. Burning cannot be carried out on the day if a Very High or Extreme or above fire danger has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology. 

Burning of Garden Refuse and Rubbish

Garden refuse and rubbish may be burnt at any time, day or night, in a properly constructed incinerator designed to prevent the escape of sparks or burning material.

Garden refuse and rubbish burnt on the ground may be burnt only between the hours of 6 o’clock in the evening and 11 o’clock of the same day and must be completely extinguished no later than midnight on that day. 

Ensure running water is on hand. Do not leave the fire unattended.

Mt Marshall Bush Fire Control Officers

CHIEF BUSH FIRE CONTROL OFFICER
Damian Tomas   0429 010 574
DEPUTY CHIEF BUSH FIRE CONTROL OFFICER
Gary Huckstep 08 9686 4050 0428 864 050
BUSH FIRE CONTROL OFFICERS
Terry Gobbart
(Gabbin)
08 9684 8042 0428 848 042
Steven Kett
 (Gabbin)
  0488 939 810
Shaun Gratte
(Gabbin) 
  0422 895 346
Brett Clark
(Wialki)
  0427 486 012
John Dunne
(Beacon)
08 9686 1045 0427 861 045
Noel Miguel
(Beacon)
  0427 966 725
Brandon Lancaster
 (Beacon)
  0487 861 063
Tim Cashmore
(Cleary)
08 9686 6048 0427 926 684
Daniel Spencer
(Bencubbin)
  0474 479 373
Anthony Sachse
(Welbungin)
  0429 851 257
Stuart Putt
 (Welbungin)
  0427 862 060
Ben Sachse
(Welbungin)
  0427 851 257
Craig Walker
(Welbungin)
  0428 851 098
Jack Walker
(Shire)
08 9685 1202 0429 851 318
After Hours   0439 488 235
FIRE WEATHER OFFICERS    
Damian Tomas
(South)
  0429 010 574
Garry Huckstep
 (North)
08 9686 4050 0428 864 050
Jack Walker
(Shire)
08 9685 1202 0429 851 318

What you can and can't do during a Total Fire Ban day

A Total Fire Ban is declared on a day when a fire is most likely to spread rapidly (because of extreme fire weather) or if there are already widespread fires and we don’t have the resources to fight more.

The lighting of open-air fires or any other activity in the open air that is likely to cause a fire is banned.

In open-air, you cannot:

  • Light, maintain or use a fire (even when camping)
  • Burn leaves, garden waste or grass cuttings
  • Use an incinerator
  • Grind, weld, solder, gas cut or use any other type of ‘hot works’
  • Use fireworks
  • Operate a hot-air balloon
  • Fire up a BBQ that uses solid fuel 
  • Use an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven or stove (Some industries and activities can be given an exemption, but you will need to show that you have a proper fire plan in place. If you want more information or to apply for an exemption, visit dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans

In any area where there is bush, crops, pasture and stubble, you cannot use:

  • A car
  • A tractor
  • A motorbike
  • A motocross bike
  • A quad bike
  • A dune buggy

You can use vehicles:

  • In any area where there is bush, crops, pasture and stubble for agricultural purposes if the local government hasn’t declared a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban
  • If it’s on a road or on a lane, driveway track or in an area that has been sufficiently cleared of flammable material.

In a shed with one or more open sides, you cannot use:

  • An angle grinder
  • Power tools
  • Welder

You can use these tools inside your shed if it is fully enclosed on all sides (i.e. has a door, four walls and a roof), so sparks don’t blow outside.

In any area where there is bush, crops, pasture and stubble, you cannot use:

  • A chainsaw or lawn mower
  • A plant trimmer or grass trimmer
  • A generator
  • Bobcats, excavators, bulldozers (or any similar machines) 

You cannot use any BBQ or cooker (including Webers) that requires solid fuel: – Wood – Charcoal – Heat beads

You can use a gas or electric BBQ or cooker, if:

  • It’s a permanent BBQ in a public picnic area
  • You use it in a public space within the sign posted BBQ area
  • It’s at or in your home But, only if:
  • It has an enclosed flame
  • You clear all material around it, within a 5m radius, that can burn
  • It is always attended by a responsible adult
  • An immediate and continuous supply of water is nearby, e.g. a garden hose
  • You ensure no hot material escapes the area.

 

Looking after your farm.

The immediate welfare of your animals, such as urgent watering and feeding, has an automatic exemption.

If you’re a farmer, you can:

  • Harvest your crop
  • Feed or water your stock in a paddock

Operate or move an aeroplane or helicopter

This is assuming that a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban has not been declared by your local government. You must also check with your local government if you need any fire suppression equipment. If you conduct any of the above activities, you must ensure: – Your vehicle is mechanically sound – The exhaust system is in good condition (free of gas leaks and/or has a well-maintained spark arrester) – That all reasonable precautions have been taken to prevent a bushfire starting.

Total Fire Ban and a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban If both a Total Fire Ban and a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban are in place, you cannot use a vehicle, equipment or machinery that’s powered by an internal combustion engine on land covered by bush, crop, pasture or stubble.

Check if there’s a Total Fire Ban in place today by:

  • Visiting the Emergency WA website (emergency.wa.gov.au)
  • Calling 13 DFES (133 337)
  • Calling the TFB Hotline 1800 709 355

Total Fire Bans affect everyone Every Western Australian is affected including farmers, campers, construction workers and residents in both urban and rural areas. If you need more information or advice call the TFB Hotline on 1800 709 355. You will be fined if you ignore a Total Fire Ban. You will get a $1,000 on-the-spot fine. And if it’s a serious breach, you could get up to a $25,000 fine and/or be jailed for 12 months.