Burn-offs gone wrong


Midland Reporter - - News -

RES­I­DENTS are be­ing urged to make sure they have the proper per­mits to burn off af­ter a se­ries of in­ci­dents in the east­ern sub­urbs over the past week.

A Mun­dar­ing res­i­dent was fined $250 af­ter telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion ca­bles were de­stroyed in a fire out­side the res­i­dents’ prop­erty. The res­i­dent re­spon­si­ble for burn­ing the small pile of refuse in a gully will be li­able to pay the com­mu­ni­ca­tions provider the cost of re­pairs and prose­cu­tion un­der the Bush­fires Act 1954 that could lead to a fine of up to $3000 and claims for dam­ages.

Shire of Mun­dar­ing pres­i­dent David Lavell said the Shire be­came aware of the burn-off when the com­mu­ni­ca­tions provider called to ad­vise of dam­age af­fect­ing 10 to 15 prop­er­ties in the area.

Cr Lavell said the in­ci­dent high­lighted the im­por­tance of burn-off reg­u­la­tions.

“In this in­stance, the res­i­dent’s fail­ure to se­cure the proper per­mis­sions needed for a verge-side burn in ad­di­tion to burn­ing an over­sized pile not only in­curred an in­fringe­ment from the Shire, but caused se­ri­ous dam­age to un­der­ground com­mu­ni­ca­tion ca­bles for that street and sur­round­ing streets,” he said.

Mean­while Wooroloo Vol- un­teer Bush Fire Bri­gade at­tended four call outs in two days caused by ‘es­caped pri­vate prop­erty burns’, ac­cord­ing to EASE WA.

Emer­gency An­imal Sup­port Evac­u­a­tion WA founder Sam Mur­ray-Whe­lan urged peo­ple with per­mits to take ex­tra care in en­sur­ing fires are out com­pletely be­fore leav­ing the scene unat­tended.

“It is a con­di­tion of your per­mit that fires must not be left unat­tended at any time whilst it is lit,” she said.

Ms Mur­ray-Whe­lan also pointed out it is a le­gal re­quire­ment to no­tify De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices when us­ing a fire per­mit to burn and cour­te­ous to in­form neigh­bours.

In the City of Swan res­i­dents are not per­mit­ted to burn off with­out a per­mit as of April 1 with the re­stricted burn­ing pe­riod to re­main in place un­til May 31, 2017.

Deputy Mayor David Lu­cas said it was im­por­tant for all res­i­dents to abide by the ban.

“Light­ing fires on your prop­erty can be ex­tremely dan­ger­ous, so hav­ing these burn­ing re­stric­tions in place helps to re­duce the risk of bush­fire,” he said.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant that res­i­dents work to­gether with the City to help pro­tect their prop­er­ties and neigh­bours against this risk.”

Bal­la­jura ward councillor Maria Haynes said per­mits would be is­sued ac­cord­ing to sea­sonal weather con­di­tions.

“Per­mits will be is­sued at the dis­cre­tion of the City’s fire con­trol of­fi­cers and if one can­not be is­sued, you may be pro­vided with al­ter­na­tive ad­vice on how to make your prop­erty fire-ready,” she said.

Res­i­dents liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas can ap­ply for a burn­ing per­mit through their lo­cal bush­fire bri­gade, and those in res­i­den­tial ar­eas can ap­ply through a City of Swan Com­mu­nity Safety Ad­vo­cate.

Res­i­dents with prop­er­ties smaller than 2000sq m will not be able to ap­ply for a per­mit.

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