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					                DATES YOU MUST REMEMBER                                                               BUSH FIRES ACT
SPECIAL NOTICE                                                                                          (Summary)
                                                                                1)   A ‘permit to burn’ is required for the whole of the ‘Restricted
The enclosed dates may vary due to seasonal weather                                  Periods’ and can be obtained from the Fire Control Officer for your
                                                                                     area. The ‘permit to burn’ must be obtained before burning
conditions. These variations will be published in the local
                                                                                     commences. (The permit holder must be in actual possession of the
press.                                                                               permit). Any special conditions imposed by the Fire Control Officer
                                                                                     when issuing the ‘permit to burn’ must be strictly adhered to. The
PERMITS REQUIRED                                                                     permit holder shall give notice of intentions to burn to:




                                                                                                                                                                FIRE BREAK ORDER
                                                                                     a) The Shire Office on the day when the burning is to take place.
9 November 2009 to 21 December 2010 Inclusive and 1 March 2010 to 12                      Weekend burning must be notified by 4 00pm Friday. Phone




                                                                                                                                                                    2009/2010
May 2010 Inclusive.                                                                       (08) 9780 5255.
                                                                                     b) The owners or occupiers of adjoining land.
BURNING PROHIBITED                                                                   c)   Department of Environment & Conservation if the land is
                                                                                          situated within 3km of State Forest Land or if adjacent to a
22 December 2009 to 28 February 2010 Inclusive.                                           National Park Phone: (08) 9752 5555 or (08) 9731 6232.

If it is considered impractical for any reason, to clear firebreaks or reduce   Note: Burning is permitted on Sundays & Public Holidays only after
fire hazards from the land as required by this notice, you should make          consultation/approval from area Fire Control Officer.
written application to the Shire’s Fire Control Officer no later than 15
November for permission to provide firebreaks in alternative positions or       2)   NO BURNING of GARDEN REFUSE OR RUBBISH DURING
to take alternative action to abate fire hazards on your land. The                   PROHIBITED BURNING TIME                                                   YOUR OBLIGATIONS AS A LANDOWNER
application must be countersigned by the Fire Control Officer for your
area to signify agreement to the variation. No applications, whether            3)    During the ‘Restricted Burning’ times GARDEN REFUSE or RUBBISH           As a landowner or occupier you are required under Section 33 of the
verbal or written, will be considered after this date.                               (up to 1 cubic metre) fires may be lit only between 6.00pm and            Bush Fires Act 1954 to carry out fire prevention work on your property
                                                                                     11.00pm except on days of ‘Very High’ or ‘Extreme’ fire dangers, and      in accordance with the provisions of this order.
When burning outside of the ‘permit period’ a courtesy telephone call to             must be completely extinguished with water or earth by midnight.
the Shire (9780 5213) and your neighbours would be appreciated.                                                                                                This brochure advises you of what actions you must take to manage your
                                                                                     All flammable matter is to be cleared within 5 metres of all points of
                                                                                                                                                               property and the dates by when those actions must be carried out.
                                                                                     the site of the fire, and persons must remain in attendance during
CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBERS                                                            the whole time the fire is burning. (S.25).
                                                                                                                                                               Persons who fail to comply with the requirements of this order may be
                                                                                4)   CAMP FIRES are permitted in authorised camping areas (caravan
                                                                                                                                                               issued with an infringement notice of $250.00 or prosecuted with a
Chief Bush Fire Control Officer: Cindy PEARCE            9758 6713                   parks & camping grounds) only, except on days of ‘Very High’ or
                                                                                                                                                               penalty of up to $5,000.00 through the courts. Additionally, Council may
                                                         0427 586 710                ‘Extreme’ Fire Danger.
                                                                                                                                                               carry out the required work and charge the cost to the owner or occupier.
Deputy Chief B.F.C.O.: Rob BOOTSMA                       9757 4475              5)   BARBECUES (Solid Fuel) Must be properly constructed and have a 3
                                                         0419 904 687                metre cleared area around. They are banned during ‘Very High’ or
Fire Incident Information                                0409 805 255                ‘Extreme’ Fire Danger periods. This does not apply to gas or
                                                                                                                                                               PLEASE TAKE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES SERIOUSLY
                                                                                     electrical operated appliances.
                                                                                                                                                               Do not hesitate to telephone Council’s Ranger and Emergency Services on
Firebreak Inspection Officers and Shire Fire Control Officers:-                 6)   OPERATION OF TRACTORS: a tractor, bulldozer or road grader may
                                                                                                                                                               9780 5286 if you require any clarification of the information contained in
Coordinator of Rangers (Belinda Biddle)                0419 951 907                  not be used during the Prohibited or the Restricted Burning Times,
                                                                                                                                                               this brochure.
Ranger (Todd Quartermaine)                             0439 951 907                  unless it is fitted with a vertical exhaust system which is maintained.
Ranger (Gavin Jenion)                                  0419 902 540             7)   WARNING: The use of electric fences, mechanical, gas or electrical
                                                                                     cutting equipment during ‘Very High’ to ‘Extreme’ Fire Danger
                                                                                     periods may cause fire.
              FOR ALL FIRE EMERGENCIES CALL
                            000
SUMMARY OF FIREBREAK AND LOW FUEL CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS
(It is the property owner’s responsibility to identify the category and compliance date for their property)

Compliance Date                      *Mineral Earth Firebreaks                                       Fuel Reductions                                         BUILDING PROTECTION ZONE                                          FUEL STORAGE &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               HAYSTACK PROTECTION ZONE
6 DECEMBER                           Where undeveloped land abuts developed land a 2 metre           Where the land is up to 4000 square metres              1 metre around dwellings free of shrubs/vegetation. No trees to   Not applicable
TOWNSITES                            firebreak is required on the undeveloped land.                  ALL HAZARDOUS MATERIAL must be removed                  overhang dwellings.
      •    Gracetown                                                                                 from the land - excluding living trees, shrubs and
      •    Prevelly                                                                                  plants.
      •    Gnarabup
ALL OTHER TOWNSITES                  Where the land exceeds 4000 square metres - require a 2         Where the land is up to 4000 square metres ALL          1 metre around dwellings free of shrubs/vegetation. No trees to   Not applicable
including Molloy Island              metre firebreak constructed within 6 metres of all external     HAZARDOUS MATERIAL must be removed from                 overhang dwellings.
                                     boundaries of the land.                                         the land - excluding living trees, shrubs and plants.

21 DECEMBER                          Minimum 2 metre firebreak within 100 metres of a boundary       All ungrazed pastureland to be slashed to less than     Construct a 2 metre wide firebreak within 20 metres of all        Construct a 2 metre wide firebreak not
RURAL                                abutting a road reserve.                                        10cm.                                                   dwellings and/or outbuildings. All hazardous material to be       closer than 6 metres around haystacks,
                                     Where uncleared land abuts a boundary a 2 metre firebreak                                                               removed within 20 metres of tourist accommodation.                and immediately around fuel storage tanks
                                     must be constructed within 100 metres of the boundary on the                                                                                                                              or gas cylinders.
                                     uncleared land.

RURAL RESIDENTIAL AND                Minimum 2 metre firebreak immediately inside all boundaries     Pastureland to be slashed or grazed to less than        ALL HAZARDOUS MATERIAL must be cleared for a distance of          As per RURAL
SPECIAL RURAL                        (can be extended with permission to 6 metres of all             10cm.                                                   20 metres from all dwellings and/or outbuildings and tourist
                                     boundaries).                                                    Where required in sub-division fire management          accommodation. No trees to overhang any buildings.
                                                                                                     plans, low fuel and buffer areas must be slashed.
RURAL RESIDENTIAL AND                If firebreaks are installed by landholder they must comply as   Pastureland to be slashed or grazed to less than        ALL HAZARDOUS MATERIAL must be cleared for a distance of          As per RURAL
SPECIAL RURAL                        per the definition below.                                       10cm.                                                   20 metres from all dwellings and/or outbuildings and tourist
Protected by strategic firebreaks    Free access along the Strategic Firebreak across lot            Where required in sub-division fire management          accommodation. No trees to overhang any buildings.
Refer to Estate Fire management      boundaries must be provided for by means of a 3.5 metre         plans, low fuel and buffer areas must be slashed.
Plan                                 field gate.

22 DECEMBER                          15 metre width firebreak – outer 10 metres to bare earth,                                                               ALL HAZARDOUS MATERIAL must be cleared for a distance of          As per RURAL
PLANTATIONS                          remainder – low fuel.                                                                                                   50 metres from all dwellings and/or outbuildings and tourist
EUCALYPT & PINE                                                                                                                                              accommodation. No trees to overhang any buildings.
New
Existing                             10 metre wide firebreak – outer 5 metres to bare earth,         NOTE: All replanting within existing plantations must conform to ‘New’ firebreak requirements
                                     remainder – low fuel.

VINEYARD/PROTEAS                     Minimum 5 metre wide firebreak around perimeter.                All ungrazed pastureland to be slashed to less than     ALL HAZARDOUS MATERIAL must be cleared for a distance of          As per RURAL
Including vineyard tourist chalets                                                                   10cm.                                                   20 metres from all dwellings and/or outbuildings and tourist
                                                                                                                                                             accommodation.


*FIREBREAK - Where referred to anywhere in this notice means an area of land two (2) metres wide, which must be kept and maintained devoid of all material (living or dead)
with no overhanging trees or other vegetation (up to a height of 4 metres from ground level) for the whole of the ‘Compliance Period’, up to and including 12 May.

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL - Means accumulated fuel such as leaf litter, trash or shrub (living or dead) but excludes living standing trees.

                                                             THIS NOTICE SHOULD BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FORMAL BUSHFIRE NOTICE WHICH
                                                                   WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER MAIL IN OCTOBER 2009

				
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