Restricted Burning Times (Permit Required)
19 September - 31 October
1 February - 30 April (all dates inclusive)
Prohibited Burning Times
1 November - 31 January (all dates inclusive)
Firebreaks Must be in Place
1 November - 30 April (all dates inclusive)
The Harvest Ban Hotline is 9487 7191. This hotline is updated whenever a harvest ban has been put in place.
Please contact the Shire Office on 9890 2500 if you wish to be notified of harvest bans using SMS.
For emergencies dial 000
Total Fire Ban information 1800 709 355
Shire of Lake Grace Harvest Ban Information 9487 7191
Department of Fire and Emergency Services website: www.dfes.wa.gov.au
Check out the Bureau of Meteorology web site http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/?ref=hdr for daily and seven day town forecast.
Bushfire Ready Information
If you wish to register your mobile phone number to receive Harvest Ban information please call the shire office 9890 2500.
Highlighted orange is Shire boundary
Highlighted yellow is fire zone boundary with the Shire
Recreational motorbike riders—Vehicle Movement Bans also apply to you.
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 600Lt 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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:
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.
Being bushfire aware and prepared is a ‘shared responsibility’ across government, emergency services and our communities. We all need to work together to ensure we are fire ready across Western Australia. Western Power’s role in this community approach is maintaining commitment to putting safety first during bushfire season and reducing the risk of bushfires across the network.
Preparing for bushfire season, vegetation management and ongoing network maintenance is done; including clearing trees and bushes, replacing poles and maintaining overhead lines and insulators.
Once we are in bushfire season Western Power we modify the network settings to make them more sensitive when the risk of bushfire is greatest (December to April). This reduces the likelihood of starting a bushfire but results in more frequent outages that may last longer depending on DFES and local government restrictions,.
When a total fire ban or vehicle movement ban is declared, residents may experience longer outages. In these instances power may not be restored until the evening or the next day, depending when it is deemed to be safe enough to do so.
Western Power still works during these months to restore your power as quickly and as safely as possible following a power outage. Helicopter inspections during Bushfire season to inspect areas that are inaccessible due to DFES or local government restrictions or severe summer weather.
Community members can take steps to prepare for an outage including maintaining an emergency electricity and water supply, learning how to open automatic garage doors or gates without power and keeping a torch and spare batteries handy.
To help prepare Shire of Lake Grace and local residents for a power outage during bushfire season Western Power have developed a brochure and short checklist which is attached and can be accessed via our website here.
Outages and restoration times can be monitored by visiting westernpower.com.au Faults, emergencies and power interruption information can be accessed through our emergency line on 13 13 51. For general enquiries please call 13 10 87.
The aim of the Shire of Lake Grace Local Emergency management Arrangements is to detail local emergency management arrangements within the Shire of Lake Grace.
Click HERE to view the document.
These arrangement are to ensure there are suitable plans to deal with the identified emergencies should they arise. It is not the intent of this document to detail the procedures for HMAs in dealing with an emergency.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions would like to inform you that the snake and reptile season has approached and now that the weather is warming up our slithering reptiles become mobile.
The information attached contains precautionary steps for your safety when encountering reptiles and suggestions to avoid them residing in your back yard and surrounds.