Latest fire information
The WA rural health, financial and information services support directory provides information on most of the support services available in the regions.
Particularly useful services for recovery after fire include:
- Rural Financial Counselling of Western Australia: 1800 612 004
- Crisis Care: 1800 199 008
- Regional Men's Health Initiative: 9690 2277
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements
For primary producers – assistance may be available for freight costs, materials for boundary fences (only where it is demonstrated that public safety is at risk), professional advice grants and interest rate subsidies on 'new' loans approved by Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions.
These measures for primary producers are administered by DPIRD. For more information, contact DPIRD’s Rural Business Development Unit on 1800 198 231 or visit our Disaster recovery funding arrangements page.
Assistance is also available for individuals and families, small businesses and local governments. More information on these can be found on the Western Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet website and on the Australian Government’s DisasterAssist website.
Safely entering your property after a bushfire
Your property is likely to be in a restricted access area – a designated area within an incident area – immediately after a fire.
Only an authorised person can enter a restricted access area for a period of time and for a specific purpose.
Residents, business owners, utility companies or other approved people can apply for a restricted access permit to:
- activate their emergency plan
- collect valuables and pets
- transport various commodities, such as milk, water, stock feed and store supplies
- tend to livestock
- undertake other approved activities.
For more information about restricted access permits, visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.
Hazards on your property after a bushfire
Houses, sheds and other buildings or structures that are burnt in a bushfire can leave potential health hazards, including asbestos, in the remaining rubble and ash.
The Department of Health supplies these guides:
- Hazards on your property after a bushfire (PDF)
- Guidance note on managing fire-damaged asbestos
- Asbestos fire contamination.
When moving sheep, cattle and goats out of the fire zone, owners should contact DPIRD's National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) helpdesks where staff will maintain the NLIS database to avoid a biosecurity emergency down the track. The helpdesks are there to assist you free-of-charge. Please contact them as soon as you can to provide the property addresses and stock numbers.
Livestock and feed
More information is available on our website:
- Managing animals during a fire
- Planning ahead for animals in emergencies
- Taking care of animals during emergencies
- Caring for animals after emergencies
- Animal welfare: livestock
- Supplementary feeding and feed budgeting of sheep
Disposing of milk that cannot be delivered
Fire creates a feed shortage for affected livestock. To resolve this, you may buy in or accept donated feed, or you may agist your animals on another property. Both of these actions pose a biosecurity risk of introducing pests, diseases and weeds to your animals and your property.
For more information, see the webpages:
Managing grapes and wine
- Managing smoke affected grapes and wine
- Wine-grape smoke effect reduction: Smoke Taint Risk calculator (STAR)
Water supply and quality
Protecting your water supply from contamination after a fire is a high priority. Ash and soil from burnt paddocks and bushland can be blown or washed into farm dams, causing pollution and adding nutrients for bacteria and algae.
- Building a sediment fence to prevent eroded material entering your dam (a YouTube video)
- Contaminated farm dams
- Water quality for livestock