Fire Break & Fuel Load Notice 2018/19

Fires

Bushfire Act 1954 Section 33(1)
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Notice to Owners and/or Occupiers of land situated within the City of Kalamunda.

As a measure to assist in the control of bushfires and pursuant to the powers contained in section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 (as amended), as the property owner or occupier of land within the City of Kalamunda, you are hereby required before 1 November 2018, or within 14 days of becoming an owner or occupier of land if after this date, to comply with the requirements set out in this notice.

The applicable works outlined below must be completed before 1 November 2018 and maintained up to and including 31 March 2019.

PERSONS WHO FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ORDER MAY BE ISSUED WITH AN INFRINGEMENT NOTICE PENALTY ($250.00) OR PROSECUTED WITH AN INCREASED PENALTY (MAXIMUM PENALTY $5,000). ADDITIONALLY THE CITY OF KALAMUNDA MAY CARRY OUT THE REQUIRED WORK AT COST TO THE OWNER/OCCUPIER.

Land with a building on it with an area greater than 4,000m²
You are required to:

  • SLASH GRASS: Have all flammable matter except living trees, shrubs and plants under cultivation, slashed, mowed or trimmed down by other means to a height no greater than 50mm across the entire property.
  • CLEAN GUTTERS: Ensure the roofs, gutters and walls of all buildings are free of flammable matter.
  • REMOVE DFM (Dead Flammable Material): Maintain all dead flammable material below 8 tonne per hectare. (See definition fuel load)
  • INSTALL FIRE BREAK: Install and maintain a 3m wide by 4m high clearance, bare mineral earth, trafficable fire break immediately inside the entire perimeter. A reticulated and maintained green lawn maybe accepted in lieu of a fire break.
  • ASSET PROTECTION ZONE (APZ): Install and maintain an APZ 20m fuel reduced zone, around buildings or an asset of value which extends from the outermost point, whether residential, commercial, industrial or environmental. Fuel reduced is a reduction in the vegetation sufficient to reduce the impact of bushfire onto that asset.
    • Trees over 5m in height must be under pruned to a height of 2m from the ground.
    • Trees or shrubs within 2m of the asset, must be pruned to a height no greater than 2m.
    • Fuel load within 20m of the asset must be kept to a minimum.

Land with a building on it with area less than 4,000 m²
You are required to:

  • SLASH GRASS: Have all flammable matter except living trees, shrubs and plants under cultivation, slashed, mowed or trimmed down by other means to a height no greater than 50mm across the entire property.
  • CLEAN GUTTERS: Ensure the roofs, gutters and walls of all buildings are free of flammable matter.
  • REMOVE DFM (Dead Flammable Material): Maintain all dead flammable material below 8 tonne per hectare. (See definition fuel load)

Vacant land with an area greater than 2,000m²
You are required to:

  • SLASH GRASS: Have all flammable matter except living trees, shrubs and plants under cultivation, slashed, mowed or trimmed down by other means to a height no greater than 50mm across the entire property.
  • INSTALL FIRE BREAK: Install and maintain a 3m wide by 4m high clearance, bare mineral earth, trafficable fire break immediately inside the entire perimeter. A reticulated and maintained green lawn may be accepted in lieu of a fire break.

All Vacant land
You are required to:

  • SLASH GRASS: Have all flammable matter except living trees, shrubs and plants under cultivation, slashed, mowed or trimmed down by other means to a height no greater than 50mm across the entire property.

Additional Works

In addition to the noted requirements, regardless of land size and location, the City of Kalamunda or its duly authorised officer(s) may require you to undertake additional works on your property to improve access and/ or undertake further hazard reduction (Additional Works) where, in the opinion of the officer, such Additional Works are necessary to prevent the outbreak and/or the spread of a bush fire.

Firebreak Variations
If you consider for any reason that it is impractical to clear firebreaks as required by this Notice, or if natural features render firebreaks unnecessary, you may apply in writing to the City of Kalamunda or its duly authorised officers, not later than 1 October 2018, for alternative positions, or other methods of fire prevention on your land.

If permission is not granted, you must comply with the requirements of this Notice. This applies to variations to the Asset Protection Zone as well. The Chief Bush Fire Control Officer reserves the right to review and revoke any variation granted at any time.

Fuel Dumps and Depots
You are required to remove all flammable matter within ten (10) metres of where fuel drums, fuel ramps or fuel dumps are located, and where fuel drums, whether containing fuel or not, are stored

Fuel Load
This is the leaf litter on the ground inclusive of leaves, twigs (up to 6mm diameter) and bark. A litter depth of 15mm from the top of the layer to the mineral earth beneath is indicative of approximately 8 tonnes per hectare.

 

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