Burn­ing ban ex­tended

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS - Lisa Thomas

THE City of Swan has ex­tended re­stric­tions on burn­ing off due to un­sea­son­able weather con­di­tions cre­at­ing a bush­fire risk.

The re­stricted burn­ing dates have been ex­tended un­til June 14, with all burn­ing pro­hib­ited with­out a per­mit.

City of Swan chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Fo­ley said burn­ing dates had been ad­justed due to dry con­di­tions.

“De­spite last week’s rain, this po­si­tion is be­ing main­tained due to resid­ual dry­ness,” he said.

“This de­ci­sion is consistent with our neigh­bour­ing lo­cal govern­ments.”

It fol­lows dev­as­tat­ing bush­fires in the Al­bany area last month, which were started by burn­ing on pri­vate land and ex­ac­er­bated by un­usual weather con­di­tions.

Burn­ing with­out a per­mit car­ries a $250 penalty and court-im­posed penal­ties can be up to $10,000.

Mr Fo­ley said there were se­ri­ous risks as­so­ci­ated with burn­ing on pri­vate land.

“Light­ing fires on your prop­erty can be ex­tremely dan­ger­ous, which is why pa­ram­e­ters are set around when you can and can­not burn,” he said.

“It is es­sen­tial that our res­i­dents com­ply with the re­stricted burn­ing pe­ri­ods for the safety of our whole com­mu­nity.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the bush­fire sea­son, burn­ing re­stric­tions and to­tal bans, visit the City’s web­site at www. swan.wa.gov.au/fire.

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