Fire Hazard Reduction Notice

Fire Hazard Reduction Notice 2019-20

Bushfire Act 1954 Section 33(1)
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To owners and/or occupiers of all land, developed and undeveloped, in the City of Kalamunda, unless otherwise excluded by determination of the Chief Executive Officer

 

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, Compliance inspections will commence on 1 November 2019. You have a legal requirement to carry out fire prevention works on your property by 1 November 2019 and to maintain the land in this state until 31 March 2020. If you require notification of attendance at your property prior to inspection, please write to the City explaining your circumstances for notification by 1 October 2019.

Take notice that pursuant to Section 33 (4) of the Bush Fires Act 1954, where the owner and/or occupier of the land fails or neglects to comply with the requisitions of this Notice within the specified times, the City of Kalamunda may by its Officers and with such servants, workmen and contractors, vehicles and machinery as the Officers deem fit, enter upon the land and carry out the requisitions of this Notice which have not been complied with and pursuant to Section 33 (5) of the Bush Fires Act 1954, the amount of any costs and expenses incurred may be recovered from you as the owner and/or occupier of the land.

Inspectors will be assessing properties against the following criteria:

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 All Land with a Total Area of 4000m2 or more

SLASHING
Dead flammable matter including dead grass shrubs and plants shall be slashed mowed or trimmed down by other means to a height no greater than 50mm across the entire property.

CLEAN GUTTER
Ensure roofs, gutters and walls of all buildings are free of flammable matter.

REMOVE DEAD FLAMMABLE MATERIAL
Maintain all dead flammable material below 8 tonne per hectare (see definition fuel load).

INSTALL FIREBREAK
Install and maintain a 3-metre-wide by 4-metre-high clearance, bare mineral earth, trafficable firebreak immediately inside the entire perimeter of the property. A reticulated and maintained green lawn maybe accepted in lieu of a firebreak.

INSTALL ASSET PROTECTION ZONE
Install and maintain a fuel reduced zone around buildings or an asset of value which extends 20 metres from the outermost point of the building or asset of value, whether the asset be residential, commercial or industrial (Asset Protection Zone).

  • Trees over 5 metres in height must be under pruned from the ground to up to 2 meters of the tree.
  • Trees or shrubs within 2 metres of the asset, must be pruned so that they have an overall height of no greater than 2 metres.
  • Fuel load within the 20 meters surrounding the Asset Protection Zone shall be reduced and maintained to no more than 2 tonnes per hectare.

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 All Land with an Area of Less than 4000m2

SLASHING
Dead flammable matter including dead grass, shrubs and plants shall be slashed mowed or trimmed down by other means to a height no greater than 50mm across the entire property.

CLEAN GUTTER
Ensure roofs, gutters and walls of all buildings are free of flammable matter.

REMOVE DEAD FLAMMABLE MATERIAL
Maintain all dead flammable material below 8 tonne per hectare (see definition fuel load).

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 Bushfire Management Plans (May Be Required)

All properties that are subject to a Bushfire Management Plan as a result of a subdivision, development application or a City approved treatment plan must comply with the requirements of such plans in their entirety.

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 Additional Works

In addition to the requirements of this Notice, regardless of land size and location, you may be required to carry out further fire prevention works to reduce hazards considered necessary by an Authorised Officer. Any further requirement would be specified by way of a “work order” forwarded to the address of the owner/s and or occupier/s.

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 Variation To The Fire Hazard Reduction Notice

If you consider, for any reason, that it is impractical to meet the requirements as per this Notice, you may apply in writing to the City of Kalamunda or its duly Authorised Officers by no later than 1 October 2019, to request authorisation to employ other methods of fire prevention on your land. An Administration fee of $150 applies for applications received after 1 October 2019. If permission is not granted you must comply with the requirements of the Fire Hazard Reduction Notice. If you require further information or wish to discuss any matter, please contact the City on 9257 9999 or email: enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au. An Application to Vary Location and Type of Firebreaks can be downloaded from the City’s website at: www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/Your-Neighbourhood/Fire-Emergency/Variations

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 Reduction Notice Definitions

FIREBREAK SPECIFICATIONS

  • Must be not less than 3 metres wide immediately inside and along all boundaries (including on boundaries adjacent to roads, rail and drain reserves and all public open space reserves.
  • Must be not more than 4 metres wide (further width extensions may be considered upon written application for approval to the City).
  • May have a corner turning radius of up to 10 metres.
  • Must have a vertical clearance height of 4 metres, with all overhanging vegetation trimmed back clear of the firebreak.
  • Must be a mineral earth firebreak with a continuous trafficable surface for a 4WD vehicle, clear of any obstructions and must not terminate in a cul-de-sac (dead end).
  • Maintained and living lawns are acceptable in conjunction with or in lieu of mineral earth firebreaks, provided that the same width and height requirements for a firebreak are applied.

Firebreaks are intended to minimise the spread or extension of a bushfire and provide safe access on your property for emergency vehicles.

FUEL LOAD

  • Means leaf litter on the ground inclusive of leaves, twigs (up to 6mm diameter) and bark. A Fuel Load depth of 15mm from the top of the layer to the mineral earth beneath is indicative of approximately 8 tonnes per hectare.
  • Fuel Load depth measurement tools are available from the City of Kalamunda Administration Centre.

Failure to comply with the City’s Fire Hazard Reduction Notice may result in a penalty of up to $5000, with additional contractor and administration costs to carry out fire prevention works on your property.

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Need More Information / Have a Question?

Contact City of Kalamunda on (08) 9257 9999 or email us at enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au

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