The restricted burning period ended on 30 April 2020 and the Shire is now in the open season.
There are certain considerations for the open season:
- Do not burn anything that is toxic such as plastics, accelerants, wooden pallets or asbestos;
- Check the weather conditions before burning (wind strength, the direction of the wind);
- Please consider adjoining property owners and advise them when you are going to burn;
- Sufficient running water and hoses long enough to reach where you are burning to prevent the spread of the fire. If possible, use metal fittings as they are less likely to melt;
- Do not leave the fire unattended;
- Do not burn on the road verge without the written permission from the Shire of Harvey;
- If you intend to burn a large area, consideration should be given to installing a firebreak around the area you intend to burn;
- If the above applies it is recommended that you have sufficient persons to assist you and a fire unit on hand; and
- If the fire becomes uncontrollable call 000 immediately.
ARE YOU BUSHFIRE READY!!
Residents are reminded of the need to comply with the Shire of Harvey’s Firebreak Order.
Firebreak inspections will commence on 1 December 2019. Does your property comply?
Further information is available on the Shire’s Firebreak Order, by contacting the Administrator of Law and Safety Services, Tony Francis on (08) 9729 0350, or from the Shire’s website www.harvey.wa.gov.au
Fire Control Officers
|Contact Fire Control Officer between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday only and 48 hours notice is required prior to burning.|
|Peter Simpson||Leschenault||0419 989 660|
|Mal Adams||Binningup||0447 000 834|
|Wayne Jackson||Myalup||0418 940 929|
|Matthew Anzellino||Yarloop||0437 411 614|
|Vaughn Byrd||Yarloop West||0404 800 302|
|Kevin Prowse||Uduc||0418 921 811|
|Robert George||Brunswick Town,
|(08) 9726 1132
0417 173 553
|Vaughan Byrd||Harvey Hills||0404 800 302|
|Murray Hooper||Cookernup||0435 224 912|
|Vaughan Byrd||Benger Only||0404 800 302|
|Council Staff – Administrator Law and Safety Services||Harvey Town||(08) 9729 0350|
|Australind Town||(08) 9729 0350|
|Administrator Law and Safety Services||(08) 9729 0350|
Permit Issuing Only
|Scott Frater (Ranger)||0419 047 528|
|B.Steers (Ranger)||0438 944 259|
|A.Church (Ranger)||0418 934 942|
Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans
For all up to date information regarding Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans, please tune in to the following:
ABC Local Radio – Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban information:
There will be designated tune-in times for listeners to hear harvest bans:
- Weekdays – 10.05am, 12.35pm and 2.05pm (1.05pm in Perth metro area)
- Weekends – 12.35pm and 2.05pm
Firebreaks and fire prevention measures
Fire prevention measures must be completed and all properties (including residential, commercial, industrial and vacant land) cleared of fire hazards on or before 30 November 2019 to reduce the risk of fires during the bushfire season. More information can be found in the Shire of Harvey Firebreak Order (link below):
Shire of Harvey advises property owners each year by way of advertising in the local newspaper, website and mailing of the Fire Break Order either with the annual rate notices or separately. Property owners who do not comply may be fined a minimum of $250.00 and required to meet the Council’s cost to ensure the property is fire safe.
Shire of Harvey Rangers commences property inspections on the 1st December each year to ensure they comply.
Advice on how to protect your home and burning regulations are available from the Shire of Harvey’s Administrator of Law and Safety Services.
(click on Links below to download relevant documents)
Bushfire Preparedness Material – Fire Chat
This bushfire season Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) are introducing Fire Chat. This will be supported by the Are You Ready Campaign. Fire Chat replaces DFES previous bushfire communications known as Prepare. Act. Survive.
A suite of new bushfire planning and preparation tools have been developed, consisting of 5 minute Fire Chat, and supported by Your Bushfire Preparation Toolkit, which are two simple steps aimed at helping residents to be better prepared for bushfire.
The 5 minute Fire Chat asks people living in a high bushfire risk area to have a fire chat to discuss three key questions with family and friends or to discuss with their neighbours if they live alone:
- When will you know to leave?
- Where will you go?
- Which way will you go?
For further information and to access your Bushfire Preparation Toolkit, follow the DFES link located on www.dfes.wa.gov.au/firechat. Fact Sheets with further bushfire preparedness information can also be found on the website.
Message from the Water Corporation
The Water Corporation is prepared for bushfire season however we cannot guarantee that water pressure or water supply will be maintained in the event of a bushfire. We will always do all that we can to maintain supply however fire damaged infrastructure or a cut to power can result in a total loss of water. If scheme water is available during a bushfire it is a bonus for property protection efforts, but it is not something that can be relied upon. People who plan to stay and defend their property during a bushfire need to have their own independent water supply and pumping capability, and must not rely on the public water supply. Full details about how to prepare for the bushfire season can be found on the DFES website: dfes.wa.gov.au
Emergency WA Website
On Sunday 23 October 2016, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) launched the Emergency WA website www.emergency.wa.gov.au.
Emergency WA is the product of the DFES Critical Messaging Project. It will publish warnings from DFES and Parks and Wildlife for all hazards, as well as a ‘live feed’ of incidents, reported to triple zero.
The site has a map-based display with the best available emergency information from across the State where you can access information about fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, hazardous material incidents and traffic crashes.
This easy-to-use site will provide better access to emergency information with its feature-rich, map-based format. It will also host a suite of resources to help the community prepare for emergencies including bushfire, which were previously available from areyouready.wa.gov.au