Fire Management

Shire of Capel Bushfire Risk Management Program & the Mitigation Activity Grant Program

Three fighter fighters racking ground

The Western Australian Government has established the Mitigation Activity Fund Grants Program (MAFGP) to reduce bushfire hazards that present a considerable risk to assets throughout the State.

The program supports Local Governments with endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plans to treat bushfire risk in their communities on State land that they manage and is a joint program with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

The Shire of Capel has been a successful applicant in the MAFGP and will complete a range of treatments to reduce bushfire risk across our communities until June 2025.

Fire mitigation activities are essential to help prevent the loss of life and property when a catastrophic blaze may break out.

What is a Bushfire Risk?

Bushfire risk can be defined as the chance of a bushfire igniting, spreading, and causing damage to the community or the assets they value.

What is a Bushfire Risk Management Plans?

A Bushfire Risk Management Plan is a strategic document developed by local government to facilitate a coordinated approach towards the identification, assessment and treatment of assets exposed to bushfire risk.

The aim of a Bushfire Risk Management Plan is to effectively manage bushfire risk to protect people, assets and other things of local value.

What are Bushfire Mitigation Treatments?

Fire has always occurred naturally in the Australian environment, so it is not possible to prevent bushfires occurring entirely. However, measures can be taken to minimise the impacts by reducing the risks that contribute to bushfires.

Bushfire mitigation treatment activities can include:

    • Planned burning to reduce combustible materials in the landscape
    • Mechanical works such as removing dead vegetation, pruning trees and clearing fire access ways.
    • Chemical works including weed control and the removal of non-native species to reduce fuel loads.

Current Bushfire Risk Treatments


2022-23 Completed Bushfire Risk treatments


Treatment Type

Primary Asset Name


Mechanical Works

Murtin Road, DALYELLUP


Mechanical Works

Dalyellup Primary School 14 Hartog Road DALYELLUP


Fire Access Track

Dalyellup College DALYELLUP


Mechanical Works

Dalyellup College DALYELLUP


Mechanical Works

Edwinstone Close x Trent Way DALYELLUP


Mechanical Works

Gutmann Pwy x Colonna Street DALYELLUP


Mechanical Works

Gutmann Pwy x Naroona Drive DALYELLUP


Mechanical Works

Norton Prom x Seque Way DALYELLUP


Mechanical Works

Sherwood Drive x Longbow App DALYELLUP


Fire Access Track

Frances Road GELORUP


Mechanical Works

Hawkins Dr x Tea Tree Pl GELORUP


Mechanical Works

Yalinda Dr x Coachwood Way GELORUP


Mechanical Works

Yalinda Dr x Coachwood Way GELORUP


Mechanical Works

Turner & Greendale Place GELORUP


Mechanical Works

Turner & Greendale Place GELORUP


Mechanical Works

Brookview Avenue (27-33) GELORUP


Fire Access Track

Bussell Hwy x Lakes Rd STRATHAM


Mechanical Works



Mechanical Works



Mechanical Works



Mechanical Works

Hawley Pwy x Karda Link CAPEL


Mechanical Works

Weld Rd (57-89) CAPEL


Mechanical Works

Hayclif Av & Ryelands Dr NORTH BOYANUP


Mechanical Works

Trigwell Rd (68-110) & Junction St (25-47) BOYANUP


Mechanical Works

Southwest Hwy x Trigwell Rd BOYANUP


Fire Access Track

Goodwood Rd (1663 – 1939) CAPEL RIVER


If you own or manage land in Western Australia it is your responsibility to reduce the risk of bushfire impacting, it. This applies to all landholders and land occupiers, including private homes, businesses, and government.

Firebreaks, fuel loads and other hazard reduction requirements help to prevent the spread or extension of a bush fire, ultimately increasing the safety for our community.

Requirements listed in the Notice must be in place before 1 December each year and maintained up to 30 April the following year.

Given the bush fire threat in our community, it is important that we all work together to reduce the risk of fire on our properties and in our community.

Planned Burning – Burn SMART

Planned burning describes deliberately burning a predetermined area under appropriate environmental conditions to reduce fuel loads (the vegetation and dead plant material that can burn in a fire). Planned burns are undertaken under mild and stable weather conditions so that the fire burns slowly and is controllable with low flame heights.

 DFES provides helpful information regarding conducting planned burning on your property which can be found here or you can watch the burn smart video series

 It is important that all planned burns are registered with DFES on 08 9395 9209

Fire Danger Rating

You can find out more about the Australian Fire Danger Rating System including in other languages here

Fire danger rating Levels

Burning Periods

 The Shire of Capel has three burning periods for the purposes of fire management.

  1. Unrestricted – Property owners can burn without a permit but should register their burn with DFES on 08 9395 9209
  2. Restricted 1 November to 14 December & 1 April to 30 April – Property owners will need a permit to burn during these times – fines can be issued if you light a fire without a permit.
  3. Prohibited 15 December to 31 March – No burning is permitted – fines are likely to be issued if you light a fire during the prohibited burning period.


    Permits are cancelled and no burning is allowed if the FDR is High or Above

    Burning period dates may be varied due to climate or weather conditions. Any change to the burning periods will be advertised here, in local newspapers and the Shire's Facebook page.  If you are unsure, give us a call on 08 9727 0222 to find out if burning is allowed.

    Bush Fire Mitigation Notice

    Total Fire Bans

    TFB’s are issued by DFES and published on

    If you light a fire during a total fire ban the fine is $1,000

    The Shire of Capel will issue a fine for lighting a fire during a total fire ban.

    Joining our Bush Fire Services

    Shire president Doung Kitchen and local MLA with Volunteer Fire Fighters digging ground

    We are always keen to hear from anyone interested in joining a Bush Fire Brigade.

    We have five brigades across the Shire with over 100 members. 

    Joining our Bush Fire Services is a rewarding experience and not just about going and putting fires out. We also welcome community members that have skills in:

    • Community engagement
    • Fundraising
    • Maintaining the brigade facilities
    • Maintaining brigade equipment,
    • Administrative duties
    • Communications
    Application Form
    Volunteer National Police Certificate Consent Form