With nearly 75 per cent of Western Australia's out-of-control fires starting on private properties, landowners now have a new tool to help them safely conduct planned burns.
The online guide is the first public resource created by the state's Bushfire Centre of Excellence and is aimed at reducing the number of out-of-control fires.
Burn SMART tool tells landowners what they need to do before, during and after the burns.
"We live in a state that is over 90 per cent bushfire-prone," WA Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said on Tuesday.
"Having the tools under our belt for best burning practice is beneficial for landholders and their local community because it can help save lives and homes."
Private property owners who want to do fire mitigation work on their land should use the guide ahead of the next bushfire season.
"Planned burning is vital to reduce the risk of bushfires, but people are often unaware of the personal responsibility that comes with lighting and extinguishing one," Mr Klemm said.
The launch of the tool comes two years after more than 150 escaped burns were reported in the South West and Great Southern over five days.
The escaped burns sparked several bushfires, putting enormous pressure on WA emergency service crews.
To view and download Burn SMART, visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.
Australian Associated Press