Restricted Burning Periods & Permits

Prohibited Burning Times

Under the Bush Fires Act 1954, it is generally an offence to light fires during the Prohibited Burning Time. Penalties of up to $10,000 fine, 12 months’ imprisonment, or both may apply.

Prohibited burning times are as follows:

  • North East Sector - 15 November 2021 to 15 February 2022
  • South West Sector: 15 December 2021 to 14 March 2022

Restricted Burning Times

Permits are required to light a fire during the Restricted Burning Time. All permit holders are required to comply with the requirements of the Bush Fire Act 1954. Any additional special conditions imposed on the permit holder must also be complied with.

  • North East Sector :1 October 2021 to 14 November 2021, 16 February 2022 to 30 April 2022 
  • South West Sector: 1 November 2021 to 14 December 2021, 15 March 2022 to 14 May 2022

Seasonal conditions may result in variation to these dates. Any changes will be advertised in local newspapers and updated on this website.

Brigade and Sector Boundaries

The map below shows Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade boundaries and the Sector that each brigade is located in.

Bush Fire Brigade and Sector Boundaries

Permits to Burn

Burn Permit Map

If you want to light a fire during the Restricted Burning times, you must obtain a permit.

Who you contact to request a permit depends on the location of the property where you want to light a fire:

  • If you live within the DFES Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) district which covers the Albany town site and close adjacent areas, you can apply for a permit in person at our Administration Office at 102 North Road for an Application for Permit to Burn form, or click on the link below to download a form.
  • If you live outside of this area, please contact your local Volunteer Bush Fire Control Officer for an application for a permit to burn.
  • If you are unsure of which brigade area you live in, visit the City's online map module to check your address.

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.  All permit holders must comply with the requirements of the Bush Fire Act 1954.

Permits will not be issued to burn materials that can be disposed of in a green-waste bin. No permits will be issued Good Friday to Easter Monday (inclusive).

Please consider your neighbours when undertaking a burn and make sure that smoke doesn't drift onto roads causing a traffic hazard.

Application for an Inspection Prior to the Intention to Burn 

(only if you live within the DFES Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) district)

Total Fire Bans & Vehicle Movement Bans

Total Fire Ban

A Total Fire Ban (TFB) may be declared by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) on days when fires are most likely to threaten lives and property. This is because of predicted adverse fire weather or when widespread fires are impacting the availability of resources.

During a TFB, the lighting of any fire in the open air is prohibited. This includes all open cooking and camping fires and incinerators. It also includes ‘hot work’ such as welding, grinding and soldering or gas cutting. The penalty is a fine of $25,000 or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.

TFBs are announced on the DFES website, on ABC Radio and the DFES Twitter feed. Exemptions may be available. You can find out more about TFBs by visiting the DFES website.

Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans

The City of Albany may impose Harvest and/or Vehicle Movement Bans when adverse fire weather conditions are experienced. The City will consult with Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades' weather officers to determine if a ban is warranted.

During harvest bans all harvesting operations must immediately cease. No harvesting is permitted on Christmas Day.

A vehicle movement ban means no internal combustion powered vehicles are to be driven in paddocks or bush areas and ‘hot work’ such as welding or grinding is not to be undertaken in the open air.

Communication of Fire Bans

The City of Albany will endeavour to communicate broadly when a ban is imposed. However, it is the responsibility of landowners and occupiers to check if bans are in place before engaging in any activity that may be prohibited for the duration of the ban.

All bans will be communicated via ABC local radio on 558AM or 630AM 10:05am, 12:35pm and 2:05pm.

If you are a farmer or a contractor and would like to receive notification by SMS notification of Harvest or Vehicle Movement Bans direct to your mobile phone email  with your name, organisation name and mobile number.

Prescribed Burns

Fuels that feed fire have built up considerably since settlement, and ostensibly changed the dynamic of the local bush, as fire has been excluded.  Fire is used in a manner to restore balance to our ecosystems, as well as reduce risk to the community and the environment.

The City utilises a number of methods to control or manage fuel levels.  Prescribed burning is only one option and is only considered where other options are less effective, less efficient or too costly.

A map of the City of Albany Reserves planned burns are located here (link to follow in due course) 

If residents wish to have their local fire brigade assist them with conducting a hazard reduction burn, please complete the Hazard Reduction Burn Assistance form and return it to your local fire brigade. 

Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades

Much of the City of Albany lies outside of the gazetted Fire and Rescue area so the local communities rely on Volunteer Bushfire Brigades who are often the first called when fire threatens. There are 16 brigades strategically distributed across all parts of the City providing a high level of service to their community.

Bushfire volunteers are trained in key areas of personal and team safety, bushfire awareness and suppression techniques, driving vehicles, radio operations and first aid. The more experienced volunteers may also be invited to participate in key fire ground leadership and emergency management roles.

If you're interested in joining a brigade, please contact your local fire control officer:









Chris Ayres 
Laurie Nissen 

0427 451 123
0429 838 038




Wayne van der Heide 

0450 508 302




Joel Stanich
Scott Moir

0417 214 537
0427 472 040

Green Range



Mark Plunkett 
Jeremy Walker

0429 466 032
0437 955 443




Gerrit Ballast
Walter Van Dongen 

0418 930 573
0428 281 224




Darryl Bradley
Brent Findlay
Don Tomlinson (permits)

0438 198 473
0417 071 886
0427 366 040

King River



Simon Whitford
Malcolm Pearce 

0409 941 440
0429 337 382




Ashton Hood 
Scott Smith

0458 468 003
0429 466 037




Kim Lester 
Tim Metcalfe

0429 889 075
0487 350 111




Tom Collins 
Kim Roberts

0428 443 451
0428 443 104




Pieter Mostert 
Troy Mostert

0497 453 009
0438 867 757

South Coast



Shane Duncan 
Rowan Hardey 

0417 820 443
0419 663 061

South Stirling



Graeme Pyle 
Reece Curwen

9854 3021
0409 203 633




Brian Taylor 
Keith Smith 

0428 204 845
0428 451 516

Youngs Siding



Kevin Martin 
Martin Peterson (Permits)

0427 452 032
9845 2010




Peter Diprose 
Matthew Wood

0427 472 037

0408 913 039

Brigade Operating Procedures

The City of Albany Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Operating Procedures describe the safe work practices that should be followed by volunteers and staff when involved in brigade activities.

City of Albany Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Operating Procedures

Bushfire Resilience in the Great Southern (BRIGS) 

August 2020 Presentations

Below are PDF versions of the presentations that were recently given in regards to local efforts to build bushfire resilience.

These presentations aim to give a better understanding of your bushfire risk, what you can do to improve it and what Local Government and other agencies can and can't do to help. The BRIGS projects will allow residents to better understand bushfire risk and to share tactics everyone can use to make themselves, their families and their communities more resilient in the event of a bushfire

Bayonet Head

Goode Beach

Little Grove