Fire Break & Fuel Load Notice 2017/18

Fires

Bushfire Act 1954 Section 33(1)
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Notice to Owners and/or Occupiers of land situated within the Shire 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 2017, 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 2017 and maintained up to and including 31 March 2018.

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.

1. Land with a building on it with an area greater than 5,000m²
You are required to:

  • Have all flammable matter slashed, mowed or trimmed down by other means to a height no greater than 50mm across the entire property (living trees, shrubs, plants and lawn under cultivation are excepted).
  • Install bare earth firebreaks three (3) metres wide immediately inside and along all boundaries of land in a continuous form, including on boundaries adjacent to roads, rail and drain reserves and all public open space reserves, with all overhanging branches, trees, limbs etc. to be trimmed back from over the firebreak area from ground level to a minimum height of four (4) metres. Driveways must also be maintained to these conditions.
  • Ensure the roofs, gutters and walls of all buildings on the land are free of flammable matter.
  • Install and maintain an Asset Protection Zone in accordance with the requirements set out in Part 4 of this Notice.

2. Land with a building on it with area less than 5,000 m²
You are required to:

  • Have all flammable matter slashed, mowed or trimmed down by other means to a height no greater than 50mm across the entire property (living trees, shrubs, plants and lawn under cultivation are excepted).
  • Install a firebreak immediately inside all external boundaries of the property unless the property is maintained clear of flammable matter by slashing and mowing or maintaining living garden beds or lawn.
  • Ensure the roofs, gutters, walls of all buildings on the land are free of flammable matter. Driveways must also be maintained to these conditions.
  • Install and maintain an Asset Protection Zone in accordance with the requirements set out in Part 4 of this Notice.

3. All Vacant land
You are required to:

  • Have all flammable matter slashed, mowed or trimmed down by other means to a height no greater than 50mm across the entire property (living trees, shrubs, plants under and lawn under cultivation excepted).
  • On vacant land larger than 1,000 m², install bare earth firebreaks three (3) metres wide immediately inside and along all boundaries of land in a continuous form, including on boundaries adjacent to roads, rail and drain reserves and all public open space reserves, with all overhanging branches, trees, limbs etc. to be trimmed back from over the firebreak area from ground level to a minimum height of four (4) metres. Driveways must also be maintained to these conditions. A Fire Control Officer may request firebreaks to be installed on vacant land under 1,000m² should they deem it necessary under Part 5 of this Notice to reduce risk of fire.

4. Asset Protection Zones

The area of land that extends out 20m from a habitable building or attached structure (for example verandas or gazebos) within the boundaries of a lot on which a habitable building is situated, is considered to be an Asset Protection Zone, also known as ‘Building Protection Zone’ (Asset Protection Zone).

In the Asset Protection Zone, unless an approved ‘Alternative Bushfire Management Plan’ is in place:

  • Non-flammable managed vegetation, reticulated lawns and gardens and other non-flammable features are permitted only.
  • All grass must be maintained to or under 50mm in height.
  • Mature trees over five (5) metres in height must be under pruned to at least a height of two (2) metres from the ground (which means you must prune branches and leaves etc. from the ground up to the first 2 metres in height of the tree).
  • Tree or shrubs over two (2) metres high must not be within 2 metres of a habitable building.

5. Additional Works
In addition to the requirements noted above, 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 removal (Additional Works) where, in the opinion of an authorised officer, such Additional Works are necessary to prevent the outbreak and/or the spread of a bush fire.

6. 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 2017, 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.

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

 

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