Burning restrictions eased

Augusta Margaret River Times
Shire bushfire personnel have warned residents about changes to the restricted burning period. Pictured are chief bushfire officer David Holland, community emergency services manager Chris Lloyd, and Wallcliffe Volunteer Bushfire Brigade captain Rob Barnett.
Camera IconShire bushfire personnel have warned residents about changes to the restricted burning period. Pictured are chief bushfire officer David Holland, community emergency services manager Chris Lloyd, and Wallcliffe Volunteer Bushfire Brigade captain Rob Barnett. Credit: Warren Hately

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River has amended its plans for the restricted burning period which started on Tuesday, relaxing a ban on applications for burning permits.

However, campfires will remain outlawed because of changing weather conditions which have volunteer brigades on alert.

On Tuesday, residents were put on notice no campfire, burning off or fire permits would be issued despite the end of the prohibited burning season.

Shire bushfire officers and State Government agencies feared recent strong winds were too dangerous to allow open fires, but permit applications will now be considered.

The move follows widespread concerns about campfires during the summer peak bushfire season, including a major fire that cut Augusta off in January.

Shire chief bushfire control officer David Holland said adding conditions to the restricted period would allow fire authorities to adapt as conditions changed.

The restricted period remains until May 12. To stay informed, visit the Shire’s website or review the 2017-18 Fuel Hazard Reduction and Firebreak Notices.

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