Check the Emergency WA website for current status and after 6pm to see if a ban has been declared for the next day.
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A Total Fire Ban is a ban declared by the Minister of Emergency Services through the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) on days conducive to the outbreak or spread of a bushfire, and/or when there are already widespread fires and firefighting
resources are stretched.
Some factors such as higher temperatures and/or predicted strong winds preceding a storm front can lead to a Total Fire Ban to be declared.
Total Fire Bans affect everyone, whether you live near the bush or in built up urban areas. It is important to check daily for any Total Fire Bans declared for your area.
The responsibility remains on the individual to ensure that the activity undertaken will not cause a fire, and that a ban is not currently in place.
PENALTIES APPLY IF YOU IGNORE OR COMMIT AN OFFENCE DURING AN ACTIVE BAN IN YOUR LOCALITY.
View what is ALLOWED, how to CHECK if there is a ban here
Find further details via http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans.
Harvest Vehicle Movement Bans are bans declared by the Local Chief Bushfire Control Officer (CBFCO) and may be issued in conjunction with a Total Fire Ban prohibiting the use and movement of engines, vehicles, plant, or machinery.
Find further details via https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/site/bushfire/ruralfarmfire.html#vehicle-movement-bans
Dates may be subject to change due to prevailing weather conditions.
NOTE: NO BURNING PERMITTED WHEN FIRE RATING IS VERY HIGH OR ABOVE | TOTAL FIRE BAN DECLARED
All current dates and further details via https://www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/our-city/fire/dates
If you have any queries or are unsure, please call the City on (08) 9257 9999 prior to undertaking any activities.
The Notice is distributed and available:
Find current Fire Hazard Reduction notice and information via https://www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/our-city/fire/reduction-notice
A variation is an approved document that outlines alternative measures taken by the property owner against the current Fire Hazard Reduction Notice for fire mitigation.
NOTE: A variation is not an exemption, and you must outline the other methods you plan to undertake.
Once approved, a variation will remain valid until the end of the fire hazard assessment season for the current property owner.
Find all details including the options on how to apply for a variation via https://www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/our-city/fire/variations
Permits to burn are required during restricted burning periods for burning activities. Residents are able to burn a 1m3 pile from 6pm - 11pm without a permit.
NOTE: RESIDENTS NEED TO FOLLOW ALL CONDITIONS BEFORE BURNING.
There is NO burning permitted including garden refuse piles when:
Find all information on current burning periods and applicable conditions and how to apply for a permit via https://www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/our-city/fire/dates
Under the Bush Fires Act 1954 and the Bush Fires Regulations 1954 are requirements that all permit holders must adhere to. Additionally, and depending on the size of your pile or the type of burning activity (running fires), there may
be additional planning and/or requirements you will need to follow.
Find all information on requirements and tips on burning via https://www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/our-city/fire/dates
Burning is permitted, inline with conditions include:
NO Burning of the following items at any time include:
1Burning CCA treated wood creates toxic smoke that can be hazardous to health2If your fire has wet material or is otherwise poorly managed, it can lead to excessive levels of smoke and can result in a neighbourhood nuisance. If the level of smoke is deemed to be creating a nuisance the City may issue an infringement.
The Fire Hazard Reduction Notice (the Notice) is a Notice issued under section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 and is a Notice to all landowners and/or occupiers outlining requirements that are to be undertaken in preparation for the bushfire seasons.
Find all information on current Fire Hazard Reduction notices and requirements via https://www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/our-city/fire/reduction-notice
Your property must be prepared before 1 November each year and be maintained up to and including 31 March the following year.
If you know, suspect or are unsure whether you live at a property with environmental sensitivities or you plan to clear part of your property you MUST enquire first with the relevant agencies or departments prior to starting any works. There is legislation in place to protect the environment and land in Western Australia and without prior approval or authorisation you may face penalties.
This will depend on what work you are planning to complete. In certain areas of the State, removing or modifying vegetation may conflict with environmental and heritage values.
Refer to the Guide for applying the Bush Fire Risk Treatment Standards to assist with what can be done around your home.
Further information on current Fire Hazard Reduction notices and requirements can be found via https://www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/our-city/fire/reduction-notice
Under section 33 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 all landowners and/or occupiers are to have prepared and maintained on their land fire breaks along with any other fire hazards as notified to you by an authorised Fire Control Officer.
The assessments are conducted with the aim of reducing the risk of a bushfire that may impact people, environment, and infrastructure.
Yes. Fire Control Officers under section 14 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 are authorised to enter any land for the purpose of examining firebreaks, anything which is considered to be a fire hazard and any other things necessary for the purpose of the Bush Fires Act 1954.
Fire Control Officers conduct themselves professionally and endeavour to work with residents and landowners where possible.
If you are not home a City Fire Control Officer will leave a door hanger by your door with a letter to let you know they have attended the property. If the property is marked as compliant at the time of their visit you will receive no further communication. If your property is assessed to be non-compliant or inaccessible you will receive written correspondence outlining any action/s you will need to take to ensure your property is compliant and bushfire ready.
The City’s Fire Control Officers are identifiable by the uniform they wear and the marked vehicle they drive.
All Fire Control Officers with the City are identifiable by the following:
Officers aim to strategically assess properties across all suburbs within the City and due to the large number of properties to be assessed we cannot accommodate bookings in advance.
After a fire hazard assessment has been completed and if any fire hazards have been identified by the Fire Control Officer, you will receive a notice in the mail of non-compliance (Work Order). This Notice will outline the actions that need taking. If you do not receive a work order, then continue to maintain the property in line with the Notice requirements.
If you have any questions regarding property preparedness or regarding a work order you have received, contact the city on 9257 9999 during business hours or email in at email@example.com.
It is still expected that while you are the owner of the property up until the final day of settlement the Notice requirements are completed. New owners after settlement will then be required to comply with the current Notice requirements.
Contractors can be found online via search engines (such as Google, Bing) and within local directories (such as yellow pages).
Failure to comply with this notice is an offence under the Bush Fires Act 1954 and can result in a penalty of up to $5000. The City may also carry out the requisitions of the Notice that are not complied with, and any costs and expenses incurred will be recovered from you as the owner and/or occupier of the land.
A firebreak is a 3 metres wide, bare mineral earth, cleared strip/track. A firebreak must not have any combustible materials present and must have a height clearance of 4 metres minimum.
A firebreak is used for firefighting techniques and access for fire appliances in the event of an emergency incident. These breaks must be in a continuous, trafficable form meaning a large vehicle can drive continuously and safe in one direction within the perimeter of the property and end up where they started.
Fire breaks are installed and utilised for several important reasons.
Fire breaks can often be installed using some of the following methods:
Find a more detailed guide on constructing and upgrading fire breaks via DFES - https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/fire/bushfire/BushfireManualsandGuides/Constructing-Firebreaks-Brochure.pdf
Grasses if not maintained can pose a high risk for fires to move fast across land and properties.
Short grasses that are well maintained (kept short throughout bushfire season) aims to reduce the speed at which grass fires can travel. A less intense fire will give a property a chance to be defended or for a fire to be brought under control quicker.
The intensity at which a fire will burn is largely due to 3 factors:
If vegetation is dead, dry, and built up over time, a fire has a higher chance of spreading faster, burning hotter and increasing flame height which impact trees, shrubs, and homes.
By reducing the dead flammable material or matter across your property, it increases the chance your property will survive a bushfire or that firefighters may be able to defend your property safely.
8 tonne per hectare is a measurement used to identify the approximate fuel loading on a piece of land and can be measured using the City’s Fuel Load Depth Gauge toolkit.
Generally speaking, 8 tonne per hectare is equivalent to a depth of 15mm from the top layer of fine fuels down to the mineral earth.
In relation to overhanging branches, the Dividing Fences Act 1961 and the Citizens Advice Bureau provides residence assistance in these instances.
Local Government is generally not involved in relation to trees on boundaries of private property as there is existing legislation and mechanisms in place to manage these issues. Refer to the Building Information Sheet 11: Trees for further details.
The Legal Aid website provides a guide regarding common questions
about neighbour’s overhanging tree branches and roots.Further information can be obtained from -
All properties in the City from 1 November until 31 March each year are subject to a fire hazard assessment against the Fire Hazard Reduction Notice.
Fire Control Officers aim to strategically assess properties across all suburbs within the City and do so starting with extreme and very high risk rated properties. These risk ratings are produced through a bushfire risk management system.
Property owners and/or residents may be asked by notice to reduce, remove, or relocate other fire hazards identified by a Fire Officer on the property.
Storing mulch piles on your property can become a significant fire hazard if not stored sensibly or monitored regularly. Large piles of mulch can spontaneously combust due to heat build-up or catch alight from embers should a bushfire threaten the area.
Some tips for storing mulch piles:
Storing wood piles in preparation for the next winter is common practice in the hills however wood can create a significant fire hazard to your home. Wood piles can also become a home for rodents, pests and termites if not stored sensibly.
Some tips on storing wood piles:
Garden refuse piles that have accumulated over time or as a result of conducting works on the property in line with the current Notice will need to be removed. Garden refuse presents a high fire risk that can increase flame height and fire spread.
Fuel Load can be live and dead vegetation that accumulates over time. Some examples are:
The purpose of fuel load reduction is to reduce the impact that bushfires can have on life, property, and the environment. Reducing and managing fuel loads can also increase the chances of your property surviving a bushfire.
The more fuel available to a fire, the hotter and faster the fire can burn making it much harder to bring under control. If fuel loads are reduced it can help reduce a fires rate of spread (how quickly it travels) and reduce how far it might spot ahead of the main fire (how far the fire can jump).
If burning is not an option or you prefer other methods to reduce fuel loads, there are other ways you can consider doing this around your house and property.
Solid fuel refers to the product used to fuel the fire, examples may be wood, coal, synthetic char, wood pallets etc.
The Use of Solid Fuel BBQs, Pizza Ovens and Smokers for cooking can be used any time however must still follow the regulations below:
Check EmergencyWA website for current Fire Danger Ratings and to if any bans are active in your area.
To help plan ahead for you next burn DFES offer a Burn SMART guide and will support your preparation for a safe burn.
The City offers several bushfire engagement events that residents can attend to help with bushfire planning and preparation. These are usually held around September and October.
Being impacted by a bushfire big or small can be stressful and it can be difficult to make decisions when under pressure. Preparing for this pressure is crucial and every person, family, pets and animals should have in place a plan to cater for potential impact of a bushfire.
Knowing the right number to call can save time and can help you get assistance quickly.
Find our list of Important Contact Number and Services here.
Emergency WA: For all emergency warnings for bushfires, storms, cyclones, floods, prescribed burns, hazardous material incidents and more. The site can also provide alerts for declared Total Fire Bans across the State and Fire Danger Ratings.
Bureau of Meteorology: For all weather conditions and alerts including storms, cyclones, and heatwaves. The site also in the main service for Fire Danger Ratings.
ABC Local Radio: Will communicate emergency broadcast across all radio programs approximately every 15 minutes.
The City of Kalamunda has established an Emergency Management SMS System to help notify residents of the latest bushfire safety and emergency management information.
The service is opt-in for residents. The SMS system is for out-bound messages only and is not a method for contacting the City.
Register with the City's SMS here*
Residents are advised that the SMS System is a supplementary service only and should not be relied upon for emergency planning or in the place of emergency broadcasts.
Residents are still responsible for ensuring they remain up-to-date on all fire danger ratings and bushfire emergencies, restrictions and alerts.
Visit EmergencyWA website for current and up-to-date information.
* If the SMS Register link doesn't load copy and paste - https://www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/residents/prepare/city-sms-register into you browser.
It is vital that you include your pets in your emergency plans.
The City have compiled a number of resources and tips to assist residents in preparing their pets in an emergency.
Find these via our Pets & Animals section of the website
For all non-life-threatening emergencies call the SES on 132 500. The SES can assist if your roof is leaking heavily, or your house is being flooded. The SES can also assist if a tree has fallen on your house or driveway. The SES will assist if after a storm your house has been damaged and needs temporary repairs that you cannot fix yourself.
If you disagree with your bushfire infringement you have the opportunity to appeal it.
There is information provided including the non-appealable grounds before appealing an Infringement Notice.
Your appeal must be in writing and should be submitted by completing the relevant Infringement Appeal Form.
Find further details on infringements and how to appeal it here*
* If the above link doesn't load, please copy and paste the following URL into your browser: https://www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/infringements
If you have a question that is not answered above, let us know by phone (08) 9257 9999 or email.
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Whadjuk Noongar People as the Custodians of this land. We also pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past, present and future who have and continue to reside in the area and have been an integral part of the history of this region.