Parks and Wildlife Service at DBCA is responsible for managing fire in forests, parks, nature reserves and other lands that it manages by:

  • managing fuel loads through prescribed burning and other means
  • responding to bushfires
  • undertaking research into fire behaviour and effects.

Fire has been present in the Western Australian landscape for millions of years – since long before the arrival of humans – and it has influenced the evolution of plants and animals.

DBCA has considerable knowledge of the relationship between fire and the environment, which is underpinned by scientific research. This understanding allows the department to apply fire under prescribed conditions to help maintain the state’s biodiversity and to protect life, property and community values from the damaging impacts of bushfires.

DBCA's fire management practices are internationally recognised and highly regarded.

Western Australia is the only state that has maintained the expertise to conduct efficient and precise prescribed burning in both dry and wet forests.

Fire Management Strategy

The Fire Management Strategy outlines the key strategic priorities for fire management across the breadth of DBCA’s bushfire risk mitigation and suppression responsibilities. The document has been updated to ensure key strategies are current and input was sought and incorporated into the draft from a range of internal and external stakeholders.



Women in fire management

DBCA is committed to increasing gender diversity in its workforce, particularly in our fire management business where the number of women involved has been traditionally low. This plan describes the objectives, priorities and actions to help achieve the vision.

Download the Women in Fire Management Action Plan 2019-22 at the bottom of this page.


DBCA provides nature-based activities for school students in and around the Perth area, including Fire Biology – a force of life and Fire Geography – a natural hazard for years 10 to 12. For more information about these and other programs visit Nearer to Nature.

Links to related external agencies

Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre is conducting research into the social, environmental and economic impacts of bushfires.

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Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council

The Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) is the industry body for fire, land management and emergency service organisations in Australia and New Zealand.

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CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.

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Department of Fire and Emergency Services

As Western Australia's leading hazard management agency, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) performs a critical role coordinating emergency services for a range of natural disasters and emergency incidents threatening life and property.

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DFES - Bushfire

Bushfires happen every summer, they can start suddenly and without warning. People have been killed or seriously injured, and homes destroyed during bushfires. If you live in or near bush, fire is a real risk to you and your family.

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