City of Cockburn Fire Control Order
The City of Cockburn requires that your fire breaks are cleared to bare earth or mineral to 3 metres wide and with no overhanging branches below 4 metres above the fire break. Think of a clear 3x4 metre rectangular tube running all around the perimeter of your property. You must keep your firebreak clear between 1 November and 15 April.
For that period, you must also keep the 3 metres around your house clear of dead vegetation. So do not store firewood or timber under your eaves!
You must light NO fires between 1 December and 31 March, or at other times as declared.
Between 1 April and 31 May and between 1 October and 30 November you need a Fire Permit to light a fire. You do not need a permit between 1 June and 30 September.
You can find the Fire Control Order in the booklet enclosed with your rates notice.
For further information see here.
Less than half know what to do during a bushfire
Three quarters do not have a bushfire plan in place
Less than one quarter acknowledge their property is at risk from bushfire, but only half of these:
Let's hope that none of those are in Banjup !!
- have a bushfire survival plan
- admit they haven’t done everything they need to do to prepare for bushfire
You can browse all DFES advice here. However, some key points are:
To learn more about preparing for bush fire, go to the DFES "areyouready" web site here.
DFES has simple checklists to help you survive bush fire. You can download them here.
You can see DFES's latest alerts and warnings here. Mark it as a favourite in your browser.
DFES has an excellent DVD about preparing for bush fires. If you do not have a copy, then you can get one sent to you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Burn Off with Jandakot Bush Fire Brigade
The Jandakot Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade can help Banjup residents safely burn large piles of logs and cuttings that might otherwise be hazardous for property owners to undertake by themselves.
The Brigade can also help residents burn off fuel across bush blocks.
Several Brigade members will bring light water tankers to your property and set fire to your unwanted vegetation in a safe and controlled manner. You can obtain a quotation for burning a bonfire or a whole block by contacting the Brigade Captain at email@example.com