Be pre­pared - fire­break reg­u­la­tions have changed

Wanneroo Times - - NEWS -

Landown­ers in the City of Wan­neroo have been ad­vised that fire breaks must now be cleared by 1 Novem­ber, not­ing the date has been brought for­ward by two weeks. Fire­breaks will be in­spected from 2 Novem­ber 2018, with min­i­mum clear­ances in­creased to 3 me­tres in width and 3.5 me­tres above ground level. Bring­ing for­ward the date for fire­breaks to be in­stalled pro­vides more time to com­plete re­me­dial works if needed prior to the high-threat sum­mer pe­riod. City of Wan­neroo Chief Bush­fire Con­trol Of­fi­cer Paul Postma said, un­der the Bush Fires Act 1954 it is the landowner’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to in­stall a fire­break and un­der­take fire hazard man­age­ment on their prop­erty. “Fire­breaks are in­stalled for sev­eral rea­sons; crit­i­cally, they en­able fire­fight­ers to safely nav­i­gate prop­er­ties un­der threat, as well as al­low­ing fire­fight­ing crews ac­cess to the prop­erty to slow down the rate of spread of a fire,” he said. Rel­e­vant land own­ers have re­ceived com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­tail­ing their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Fail­ure to com­ply will re­sult in the is­su­ing of an in­fringe­ment no­tice. Mayor Tracey Roberts said it is vi­tal that landown­ers are vig­i­lant when it comes to fire hazard man­age­ment. “Your sup­port in be­ing well-pre­pared in the event of a bush­fire will greatly as­sist you, your neigh­bours and fire­fight­ers,” she said. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit wan­neroo.wa.gov.au or call 9405 5000.

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