Burning ban extended
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.