Bush Fire Management

90% of WA is considered a bushfire prone area. If you live in a bushfire risk area, you need to understand the Bushfire Warning Systems before a fire threatens your home. The alerts give information on how severe a bushfire is once it’s started. Alerts have three warning levels indicating the increasing risk to your life or property, and the decreasing amount of time you have until the fire arrives.

Dangerous bushfires can start at any time. It’s important to understand your risks and plan what you’ll do to keep safe when a bushfire threatens your home and family.

One of the most critical and valuable things you can do is to make a bushfire plan.

Take 5 minutes now to discuss these simple questions:

  • When will you leave?
  • What will you take?
  • Where will you go

My Bushfire Plan WA: Prepare for an Emergency - DFES

Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS)

The Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) Program is redesigning the forecasting of fire danger in Australia. The AFDRS is a project of national significance being developed collaboratively by each state and territory, and the Commonwealth government. It aims to improve public safety, reduce the impacts of bushfires and better support the community with nationally consistent ratings and messaging.



Are you ready?

  • Clear gutters and downpipes of leaves and blockages.
  • Trim branches from around the home, clear/ install fire breaks.
  • Clear rubbish / dead leaves from around the yard, patio or property.
  • Keep lawns short and gardens well maintained.
  • Check insurance is adequate and up to date.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with a portable radio, torch with spare charged batteries.
  • First aid kits refreshed and contact numbers ready.


Prepare for a bushfire - Department of Fire and Emergency Services (dfes.wa.gov.au)


When a bushfire starts, things can change in a matter of minutes. So you need to keep connected and updated regularly during bushfire season.

By being alert and following official warnings closely, you and your family have the best chance to act early and leave for a safer place.

If you decide to stay and defend your property, be aware that this will take enormous effort, both physically and emotionally, and you need to be very well prepared. Trying to leave when it’s too late is extremely dangerous.

Water Supply and Defending your Home

Water Corporation would also like to remind you that if you plan to stay and defend your home you must have an INDEPENDENT water supply and pumping capability. Scheme water may not be available due to damaged infrastructure, extreme demand depleting supply and pressure, or a cut to power which is used to pump water.

During a bushfire - Department of Fire and Emergency Services (dfes.wa.gov.au)