The Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas identifies land falling within, or partially within, a bush fire prone area of Western Australia as designated by the Fire and Emergency Services (FES) Commissioner.
The current edition of the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas is available by clicking here.
Tip: If the Map appears blank when you first attempt to access it, this means that you need to clear the cache in your browser in order to view the 2019 version of the Map.
You can also check for any mapping outages here: http://status.data.wa.gov.au/
The current edition of the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas was published on the afternoon of 27 September 2019 and is effective from 28 September 2019. This edition identifies area ‘continuing’ from the previous edition of the Map released since December 2015 as well as ‘new’ bush fire prone areas added in the 1 June 2019 edition of the map. All designated bush fire prone areas are coloured pink on the Map with the newly designated areas further highlighted by a blue cross-hatched overlay.
Note that local government boundaries are subject to change and the local government authority nominated in the pop-up box on the Map is provided for information purposes only.
Do you have a colleague that is still accessing a previous edition of the Map through their cache? Remind them to ‘refresh’ or to access the latest edition using the above link.
Action Plan for Bushfire Framework Review 2019 – Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas
The government are undertaking a review of the Map of Bushfire Prone Areas and the methodology by which the plan map developed. The review will be undertaken in stages to best address the risk and will involve the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to ensure that it fully considers the impacts of the map and needs of map users.
The first stage of the map review will focus on Perth Central sub region. This zone is highly urbanised and has been identified as a key infill area in the Perth and Peel @3.5 Million planning framework.
The first map changes were published on 31 July 2019. Isolated vegetation patches of less than 4 ha have been removed from the map at this stage. Further additional factors such as the management, size and shape of the vegetation/fuels and a range of other elements will allow the broader context to be considered and the map further refined.
A new bushfire prone mapping methodology for the remaining areas of the State will be developed with CSIRO. The methodology will be science based and specific for Western Australia which will consider the different vegetation types and other important factors of fire science to ensure that it best represents the local risks and landscape context at each site. The development of this methodology will occur over the next 12 months.
The Bush Fire Prone Areas dataset is publicly available to download from the Landgate Shared Location Information Platform (SLIP) and data.wa.gov.au websites in Shapefile, Web Mapping Service (WMS) and Web Feature Service (WFS) format. Historical Bush Fire Prone Areas datasets are also available to download from these websites.
Legislation and Policy:
Additional planning and building requirements may apply to developments within designated bush fire prone areas , in accordance with Schedule 2 Part 10A of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, State Planning Policy 3.7 Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas, the supporting Guidelines for Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas and the Building Code of Australia. Certain exemptions and exclusions may apply.
For specific requirements and for more information:
The Office of Bushfire Risk Management is an office within the Department of Fire and Emergency Services responsible for preparing, maintaining and administering the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas. For Map and dataset queries, please contact the Office of Bushfire Risk Management at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (08) 6551 4095.