Department of Parks adn Wildlife


The Department of Parks and Wildlife operates 13 fire detection towers. They are one of the best means of detecting fires in remote forested areas. Towers are located strategically around the southern regions of WA to ensure maximum coverage of parks and forests.

Many of the existing towers are still used but some are non-operational. These lookouts are staffed during the fire season for varying periods depending on the fire danger rating, the likelihood of lightning storms and existing fires.

Fire fact

Mungalup Tower was built in 1958, is 30 metres high, and is made from jarrah. This tower will soon be replaced by a 40 metre steel tower
The Mount Williams Tower is a 20 metre high steel tower built in 2002-03. Both towers are still operational and are manned all summer according to Fire Danger Ratings.

Fire fact

Tree lookouts were originally constructed in the early 1920s. They were used for fire detection up until the 1960s.

Spotter aircraft

Light fixed wing aircraft, such as the Scout, are used to detect fires in south-west regions. Spotters, as they are referred to, are used during the fire season to detect smoke and relay the message back to districts.


In remote regions, where the department manages over 88 million hectares of land, satellites are used to detect fires instead.