General Fire Requirements
- Garden Refuse Urban Areas (Town sites): No garden refuse is permitted to be burnt on the ground, in the open air or in an outdoor incinerator within the urban areas of Busselton and Dunsborough town sites at any time of the year during prohibited and restricted burning times.
- Garden Refuse Rural Residential Areas (non Town sites): The burning of garden refuse is prohibited from 01 December to 28 February 2020. During the restricted burning period, 15 October to 1 December and 1 March to 31 May each year, permits are required to be obtained from the Fire Control Officer in your area for the burning of any garden refuse
- Fires in the Open on Local Government Property: fires in the open shall not be lit on local government land or property without first obtaining written approval from the City of Busselton
- Camping and Cooking Fires: the lighting of fires in the open air for the purpose of camping and/or cooking in the period 1 December to 28 February each year is prohibited. A fire for the purpose of camping and/or cooking shall not be lit of a day where the Fire Danger Rating is 'very high' or above without first obtaining a Fire Permit from a Fire Control Officer. Fires for the purpose of camping and/or cooking are permitted when the Fire Danger Rating is 'low/moderate' or 'high' without a permit but subject to the conditions below
- Fire Pits, Chimineas and Braziers: the lighting of fire pits, Chimineas or Braziers during the period 1 December to 28 February each year OR when the Fire Danger Rating is 'very high' or above is prohibited (Fire Permits will not be issued). Fire pits, Chimineas, and Braziers may be lit when the Fire Danger Rating is 'low/moderate' or 'high' without a permit subject to the conditions below
- Conditions for the Lighting and Extinguishing of Fires in the Open: camping and/or cooking fires; fire pits, Chimineas and Braziers shall not be lit until a space of ground around the site of the fire, having a radius of at least 3 metres from the site at the centre, is cleared of all bush and other flammable materials. The person who lit the fire, or a person left in attendance at the fire as the case may be, shall completely extinguish the fire by the application of water and/or earth before he or she leaves the site of the fire unattended
- Tractors with down swept exhaust systems are encouraged to have an approved spark arrestor fitted as provided in the Bush Fires Act 1954 Regulations
- Welding, Cutting and Grinding Equipment: A person shall not operate this equipment during the restricted/prohibited burning times on land which is under crop, pasture, stubble and bush unless one working fire extinguisher is provided, work area is clear of flammable materials and there is compliance with any other controls required by a Fire Control Officer.
- Welding, cutting and grinding equipment is not permitted to be used anywhere within the City of Busselton when a total fire ban has been declared or the fire index is ‘severe’ or above
FIRE DANGER RATING
For the current fire danger rating visit Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) website www.emergency.wa.gov.au or Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website www.bom.gov.au
Please be advised, if you engage a contractor to gain compliance with this notice it is the property owner, not the contractor, who is responsible for the standard and quality of the fire prevention work undertaken and required to be compliant by 16 November each year and maintained as per this notice throughout whole the fire season.
1) An owner and or occupier of Rural Residential, Urban and Industrial land shall comply in all respects with the requirements of this Notice by 16 November.
2) An owner and or occupier of Rural land shall comply in all respects with the requirements of this Notice by 15 December.
3) The land is to comply in all respects with the requirements of this Notice for the whole of the compliance period.
If you would like to put alternate measures in place on your property that differ from the requirements of the Firebreak and Fuel Hazard Reduction Notice (where ground considerations or environmental concerns prevent compliance with the requirements of this Notice) an application must be lodged in writing via the Firebreak and Fuel Hazard Reduction Notice Variation form, prior to 31 October.