My Bushfire Plan
Do you and your family know what to do in the event of a bush fire? Do you have a bushfire safety plan prepared and an emergency kit packed?
The My Bushfire Plan app is a bushfire preparedness tool, providing you with one place to prepare, store, share and update your bushfire plan anytime, from any device.
- Helps you determine the safest plan for you.
- Complete a step-by-step plan in your own time tailored to you, and save it for the future.
- Create an account so you can access the plan on the web or on other phones.
- Ability to share your plan with your family.
- Check seasonal reminders to help you and your family prepare for bushfire season.
- Receive notifications for important seasonal reminders to help you prepare.
- When your plan is ready you can access it offline, whenever you need it.
Developed by the DFES, you can download the app to your phone (through Google Play or App Store), or complete the plan via the My Bushfire Plan website.
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Preparing your property
Preparing for fires is essential to living in our fire prone landscape. Having a plan is the primary step to ensuring the survivability of your property and the welfare of you and your family, including pets and livestock.
Ensure that all firebreaks (if this is a requirement for your property) are maintained and totally clear of all flammable material either living or dead and they must be maintained in this state for the compliance period. Cleared hardstand areas and areas maintained in a green state may be considered acceptable as a firebreak.
- Create a circle of safety around your home and other buildings. A 20 m circle is recommended by DFES.
- Clear all rubbish, long dry grass, bark and material that may catch fire.
- Cut long grass to a height of 5 cm.
- Prune lower branches up to 2 m off the ground to stop a ground fire spreading into the canopy of the trees.
- Create and maintain a minimum 2 m gap between your house and tree branches. Do not pile wood against or near your house.
- Rake up leaves and other combustible materials from under trees.
- Keep roof gutters and valleys clear of leaves and bark.
- Hoses should be long enough to reach all parts of your house and use metal fittings as these are less likely to melt.
- Building Envelopes have been allocated to all lots within Special Residential and some Special Rural areas. Clearing living vegetation outside the confines of the Building Envelope requires approval from the Shire.
Fire breaks and hazard reduction - important notes
- The area outside the Building Envelope has been set aside as a tree retention area, to provide a vegetated buffer between individual properties. The clearing of any trees or substantial shrubs, with the exception of providing a fire break or a driveway, is not permitted unless approval has been obtained from the Shire.
- The Shire requires the provision of a 2 m wide firebreak around the perimeter of all Special Residential lots prior to the 30 November, annually. Landowners should meander the firebreak around existing standing timber.
- The Shire will permit the clearing of understory (grasses, shrubs, ground covers) to reduce the quantity of combustible material at ground level. It is important that all live standing trees and shrubs capable of growing to at least 3 m in height are not cleared in order to maintain the visual appearance of these areas.
Find out more about firebreaks.