Be prepared for fire season

Published on Monday, 14 September 2020 at 3:21:22 PM

All owners and land occupiers in the Port Hedland LGA are reminded of a number of actions which need to be taken to prepare properties for the upcoming fire season.

Applications for a firebreak variation are required to be submitted to the Town by no later than Wednesday 30 September 2020.

By Saturday 31 October, all fire prevention measures must be completed and then maintained annually.

Infringements for fire prevention non-compliance will be issued by Town Officers from Friday 6 November 2020. The penalty for failing to comply with the annual firebreak requirements can be up to $5,000.

What do I need to do?

Land owners and occupiers of blocks less than 2,000 square metres within townsites must slash or mow grass to a height of no more than 50 millimetres and remove all flammable vegetation.

Land owners and occupiers of blocks greater than 2,000 square metres within townsites must install a continuous five metre wide firebreak around all structures on the property and within two metres inside all external boundaries of the land.

Land owners and occupiers of rural land blocks must install a continuous five metre wide firebreak within ten metres inside and along the whole external boundary of land. All structures and buildings and/or haystacks must have a minimum of three metres clearance of all flammable material.

All land owners and residents must ensure the roofs and walls of all buildings are free of flammable materials which could catch fire, ensure all trees and shrubs are pruned and ensure flammable material are not stored within three metres of a structure or fence line.

For more detailed information on installing firebreaks and further restrictions, please click here.

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