2018/19 Fire Season

2018/19 Fire Season

The 2018/19 fire season is nearly upon us, have you begun preparations to make your property compliant? The Restricted Burning Period begins on 19 September to 31 October 2018 permits may be issued during this period. All properties must be compliant by the end of this period, infringements will apply from 1 November 2018 if your property does not comply.

Please note that there have been changes to the Shire of Pingelly’s Fire Control Order for Townsite Land & Rural Residential Land as follows:

 

Townsite Land

On townsite land, where a property or adjoining properties having the same ownership or control and are used as a single holding, the owner or occupier, shall:-

  1. a) where the holding is under 2024m² in area have all flammable material likely to be conductive to the outbreak, spread or extension of fire removed, and the grass maintained to a height not greater than 10cm and all slashed material removed or
  2. b) where the holding is under 2024m² in area clear by burning all flammable material likely to be conductive to the outbreak, spread or extensions of a fire from the whole of the land subject to prior approval from the Shire of Pingelly.
  3. c) All townsite properties over 2,024m2 in area are required to be fire hazard reduced by:

i). Construction and maintenance of a 3 metre wide bare mineral earth unobstructed trafficable firebreak within 10 metres of the boundary; and

ii). Reduction of the vegetation fire hazard to a maximum height of 100mm including the removal of slashed material, unless an exemption is granted by the

Chief Executive Officer in consultation with the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer/VFRS Captain and Ranger Services.

iii). Firebreak must be constructed on and contained within the property: footpaths and roads or road verges will not be accepted as firebreaks.

  1. d) Trees, bushes, shrubs are to be trimmed back over driveways and access ways to all buildings to three (3) metres width with a clear vertical axis over it of four (4) metres.

This is to afford access for emergency services to all structures and points of the property.

 

RURAL RESIDENTIAL LAND (including Moorumbine, Dattening, Pingelly Heights & Pingelly Townsite)

On rural residential land, where a property or adjoining properties having the same ownership or control and are used as a single holding, the owner or occupier shall:

  1. a) Comply with the requirements of townsite land, where the holding does not exceed 2024m² in area; or
  2. b)   where the holding is over 2,024m2 in area and not greater than 10ha in area is required to be fire hazard reduced by:

i). Construction and maintenance of a 3 metre wide bare mineral earth unobstructed trafficable firebreak within 10 metres of the boundary; and

ii). Reduction of the vegetation fire hazard to a maximum height of 100mm including the removal of slashed material, unless an exemption

is granted by the Chief Executive Officer in consultation with the Chief Bush Fire Control                Officer/VFRS Captain and Ranger Services.

iii). Firebreak must be constructed on and contained within the property: footpaths and roads or road verges will not be accepted as firebreaks.

  1. c) Trees, bushes, shrubs are to be trimmed back over driveways and access ways to all buildings to three (3) metres width with a clear vertical axis over it of four (4) metres.

This is to afford access for emergency services to all structures and points of the property.

There are other minor changes to the following sections of the Shire of Pingelly’s Fire Control Order:

 

APPLICATION TO VARY FIREBREAK REQUIREMENTS

If it is considered impracticable to clear firebreaks or remove flammable material from the land as required, application may be made in writing to the Council or its duly authorised officer by 1 October prior to upcoming season for permission to put in place alternative fire hazard reduction measures.  If permission is not granted, the requirements of this Order shall be complied with.

The penalty for failing to comply with this notice is a fine not exceeding $250 and a person in default is also liable whether prosecuted or not to pay costs of performing the work directed in this notice if it is not carried out by the owner and/or occupier by the date required by this notice.

By Order of Council.

 

Primary Fire Fighting Units

During any period when harvesting operations are being conducted there shall be provided in the same paddock or within close proximity of that paddock,

an operational independent mobile firefighting unit having an engine driven pump and a water capacity of not less than 600 litres; the tank of the unit shall be

kept full of water at all times during harvesting, and the responsibility to supply the unit is that of the landholder.  Harvesting operations include the use of mobile augers and seed cleaning units. Firefighting trailers for fire suppression are regarded as out dated and dangerous — both to their operators and to other fire fighters on a fire ground. Their use at wild fires is not encouraged. 

 

Bush Fire Control

DFES have released a series of videos following the Yarloop Fires and encourage you to view the videos and share them with your family, friends and networks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDFnXPPWAPE&list=PLS50ZaHTMvKDEzPGdH-BRydpWdaScB42_

Bush Fire Preparedness

In Western Australia, bushfire season starts in November and continues through to April. Bushfires can happen anywhere but generally impacts Perth, the South West, Great Southern, Goldfields, Agricultural and Mid West regions. Although the Water Corporation is well preapred for bushfire seasons, water pressure or water supply cannot be guaranteed in the event of a bushfire. 
Please click here to find out more information from the Water Corporation in reagrds to being prepared for Bush Fires this season. 

Bush Fire Control

Launch of designated bush fire prone area reforms

The State Government has launched its bush fire reform package in response to planning and building recommendations from the Keelty Report into the Perth Hills bush fire of 2011. Key measures include:

  • The creation of the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas, which identifies the areas of Western Australia that have been designated as bush fire prone by order of the Fire and Emergency Services (FES) Commissioner;
  • New bush fire planning requirements for development in designated bush fire prone areas; and
  • Application of the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for certain residential buildings.

Information on crop fires can be accessed here.

Fire Chat

This bushfire season Fire Chat will be the new "branding umbrella" for Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) community engagement and communications around bushfire. This will be supported by the Are You Ready Campaign.

A suite of new bushfire planning and preparation tools have been developed, consisting of 5 minute Fire Chat, and supported by Your Bushfire Preparation Toolkit, which are two simple steps aimed at helping residents to be better prepared for bushfire.

The 5 Minute Fire Chat asks people living in a high bushfire risk area to have a fire chat to discuss there key questions with family and friends to discuss three key questions with family and friends or to discuss with their neighbours if they live alone:

  • When will you know to leave?
  • Where will you go?
  • Which way will you go?

If this is all people do, they will be more prepared than doing nothing. This approach is easy for all people to achieve.

After people have answered the there questions above, they are then directed to take the next step, which is to seek out their Bushfire Preparation Toolkit. The toolkit is available in hard copy but can also be downloaded at www.dfes.wa.gov.au/firechat. Fact sheets with further bushfire preparedness information can also be found on the website.

For further information please contact communitypreparedness@dfes.wa.gov.au or 93959816.

Bush Fire Brigade Membership Form

Request for Brigade Burning on Private Property

Bush Fire Warnings - What Should You Do?

Application for Firebreak Exemption