Fire Hazard Reduction Notice

Fire Hazard Reduction Notice

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

Landowners and Occupiers are required to comply with 2018/2019 Fire Hazard Reduction Notice from 1 November 2018 through to the 31 March 2019.

The onus is on the Landowner and Occupier to ensure that their property is maintained to the standard throughout the compliance period.

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.

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Vacant Land Under 2000m2

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.

This includes slashing between parkland, includes weeds, all grasses and hay.

All material as a result of slashing must be removed from the property to maintain a fuel load under 8 tonnes per hectare.

Remove DFM
All Dead Flammable Material (DFM) must be maintained to a standard of no greater than 8 tonne per hectare across the entirety of the property.

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.

Additional Works
In addition to the noted requirements, regardless of land size and location, the City of Kalamunda or its duly authorised Fire Control 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 Fire Control Officer, such Additional Works are necessary to prevent the outbreak and/or the spread of a bush fire.

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Vacant Land Over 2000m2

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.

This includes slashing between parkland, includes weeds, all grasses and hay.

All material as a result of slashing must be removed from the property to maintain a fuel load under 8 tonnes per hectare.

Remove DFM
All Dead Flammable Material (DFM) must be maintained to a standard of no greater than 8 tonne per hectare across the entirety of the property.

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.

Additional Works
In addition to the noted requirements, regardless of land size and location, the City of Kalamunda or its duly authorised Fire Control 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 Fire Control Officer, such Additional Works are necessary to prevent the outbreak and/or the spread of a bush fire.

Firebreaks
Install and maintain a 3M Wide by 4M height clearance, bare mineral earth, trafficable firebreak immediately inside the entire perimeter. A reticulate and maintained green lawn may be accepted in lieu of a fire break.

The firebreak must be in a driveable, continuous form meaning that any emergency service vehicle is able to drive the firebreak from the entry point to the exit point without leaving the firebreak.

The firebreak must be a minimum of 3M wide to accommodate for the width of emergency vehicles and have a minimum height clearance of 4M to allow for the height of emergency vehicles.

Bare, mineral earth is essential for the safety and effectiveness of all firebreaks and is considered a safe passage for Emergency Services to travel along. If a firebreak contains combustible material, it could potentially set vehicles alight and facilitate the growth of a fire.

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Properties Under 4000m2

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.

This includes slashing between parkland, includes weeds, all grasses and hay.

All material as a result of slashing must be removed from the property to maintain a fuel load under 8 tonnes per hectare.

Remove DFM
All Dead Flammable Material (DFM) must be maintained to a standard of no greater than 8 tonne per hectare across the entirety of the property.

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.

Clean Gutters
Ensure the roofs, gutters and walls of all buildings are free of flammable matter.

Additional Works
In addition to the noted requirements, regardless of land size and location, the City of Kalamunda or its duly authorised Fire Control 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 Fire Control Officer, such Additional Works are necessary to prevent the outbreak and/or the spread of a bush fire.

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Properties Over 4000m2

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.

This includes slashing between parkland, includes weeds, all grasses and hay.

All material as a result of slashing must be removed from the property to maintain a fuel load under 8 tonnes per hectare.

Remove DFM
All Dead Flammable Material (DFM) must be maintained to a standard of no greater than 8 tonne per hectare across the entirety of the property. 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.

Firebreaks
Install and maintain a 3M Wide by 4M high clearance, bare mineral earth, trafficable firebreak immediately inside the entire perimeter. A reticulate and maintained green lawn may be accepted in lieu of a fire break.

The firebreak must be in a driveable, continuous form meaning that any emergency service vehicle is able to drive the fire break from the entry point to the exit point without leaving the firebreak.

The firebreak must be a minimum of 3M wide to accommodate for the width of emergency vehicles and have a minimum height clearance of 4M to allow for the height of emergency vehicles.

Bare, mineral earth is essential for the safety and effectiveness of all firebreaks and is considered a safe passage for Emergency Services to travel along. If a firebreak contains combustible material, it could potentially set vehicles alight and facilitate the growth of a fire.

Asset Protection Zone
Create a 20-metre circle of safety around your home and other buildings by clearing all rubbish, long dry grass, bark and material that may catch fire.

Trees over 5m in height must be under pruned to a height of 2m from the ground.

Trees and shrubs 2m from the outermost point of an asset must be pruned to a height no greater than 2m.

Clean Gutters
Ensure the roofs, gutters and walls of all buildings are free of flammable matter.

Additional Works
In addition to the noted requirements, regardless of land size and location, the City of Kalamunda or its duly authorised Fire Control 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 Fire Control Officer, such Additional Works are necessary to prevent the outbreak and/or the spread of a bush fire.

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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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