Bushfire Information

2016 / 2017 Fire Season

Firebreak Information Brochure 2016/17

 

Bushfire Ready Information

Bushfire Survival Plan

Preparing your Property

Emergency Kits

Design your Garden to Withstand Bushfire

Harvest Ban Information

If you wish to register your mobile phone number to receive Harvest Ban information please call the shire office 9890 2500.

Bushfire Zone Map

Harvest Ban Zones are as follows - please click below for maps:

Highlighted orange is Shire boundary

Highlighted yellow is fire zone boundary with the Shire

Recreational motorbike riders—Vehicle Movement Bans also apply to you.

Permitted activities

Water carting for livestock & domestic purposes; provided it is accompanied by a mobile fire-fighting unit. Alternatively, the vehicle carting the water must retain a minimum of 400L of water and meet minimum specifications for a fire-fighting unit.

All necessary travel around feedlots provided a mobile fire-fighting unit is in attendance.

All necessary livestock carting, provided the vehicle is accompanied by a mobile fire-fighting unit.

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Total Fire Ban

A Total Fire Ban (TFB) is declared because of extreme weather conditions or when widespread fires are seriously stretching firefighting resources. A TFB is declared by DFES following consultation with local governments.

When a TFB is declared it prohibits the lighting of any fires in the open air and any other activities that may start a fire.

If a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban has not been implemented by your local government you are able to harvest or move vehicles across paddocks for agricultural purposes. 

You could be fined up to $25,000 or jailed for 12 months or both if you ignore the Total Fire Ban.

For information on activities that can or cannot be carried out during a Total Fire Ban visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans/Pages/TotalFireBanWhatCantIDo.aspx

Dress to Protect

Minimum dress requirements when fire fighting. Long sleeved cotton shirt, long cotton trousers or cotton overalls, boots & leather gloves.

For any queries please contact Shire reception on 9890 2500 or shire@lakegrace.wa.gov.au

Refuelling Static Motors at Incidents

Since March 2006, DFES has received numerous reports of petrol erupting from jerry cans when firefighters have opened them. Three of these events resulted in line ignition of the released fuel, with one occurrence causing significant burns to a firefighter’s hands and another resulting in a light tanker being destroyed by fire. Two other events resulted in fuel spraying into firefighter’s eyes.
Due to the recurrence and potential severity of the outcomes, a procedure has been developed for refuelling static motors, such as pump motors on fire tankers or generators, at incidents involving fire.

Static motors that require refuelling at incidents must ONLY be refuelled at water points or staging areas and NOT on the fireground.

Click here to view Safety Circular 01/2015

Jerry Cans During Bushfires

Unfortunately another incident has occurred recently Involving a jerry can, which has resulted in significant burn injuries to a volunteer bush firefighter.

 The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has previously issued Safety Circulars and a NUCOM for the use of Jerry Cans and their stowage as a result of other recent safety incidents and near misses.

Please see the following circular in regards to jerry can safety from the Department of Fire and Emergency Service.

Click here to view Safety Circular 04/2015

 New Interconnection Requirement for Smoke Alarms

The Building Commission's Smoke alarm laws fact sheet now provides information on a new interconnection requirement for mains-powered residential smoke alarms.

The new interconnection requirement affects:

  • people involved in transferring ownership of their homes
  • lessors (landlords) renting or hiring their homes
  • people involved in the installation of smoke alarms such as electricians and builders
  • architects, building designers and building surveyors
  • local governments
  • real estate agents and settlement agents

The Building Regulations 2012 require owners to have compliant smoke alarms installed in dwellings subject to sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire. The Regulations require the smoke alarms to be in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) applicable at the time of installation of the alarms.

From 1 May 2014, the BCA will require the interconnection of smoke alarms where more than one alarm is required to be installed.

This nationally driven requirement has been introduced to increase the likelihood of sleeping occupants becoming aware of the dangers of smoke in another part of the dwelling.

Owners required to have more than one smoke alarm installed in dwellings subject to sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire may be affected by this new requirement.

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