Shire fire chiefs issue third extension to prohibited burning season amid risk and rainfall worries

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River brigades in action in 2019.
Camera IconShire of Augusta-Margaret River brigades in action in 2019. Credit: Supplied

An unprecedented extension to the region’s prohibited burning period has come into effect until the end of April.

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River decision bans all open-air fires until midnight April 30, unless the season is extended for a fourth time.

Historically low rainfall was the main driver of the decision by fire chiefs, with no significant relief in sight.

Chief bushfire control officer David Holland acknowledged the period had been particularly long this year, but asked residents and visitors to continue following restrictions.

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“We started the current prohibited burning period a month earlier than normal last year, and now this is the third time we’ve had to extend it,” he said.

“With night-time temperatures beginning to drop, it could be tempting to light a campfire or want to burn a small pile of garden refuse, but we need everyone to follow the simple rule: no fires.”

He said the decision to extend restrictions was designed to keep the community safe amid concerns any bushfire could rapidly get out of control.

The move was backed by Wallcliffe Fire Services Brigade which has made a repeated point on social media about the effects of no rain on the region’s tinder-dry environment.

A brigade spokesperson said it was a timely reminder the region was still in bushfire season.

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