Firebreaks and Fire Bans

What are firebreaks?

Firebreaks isolate separate areas of land by wide strips designed to reduce or halt the progression of fire in bush, paddocks forest or vacant land.

To find out the requirements on required firebreaks refer to the brochure below.

Firebreaks and hazard reduction requirements

Fire prevention measures must be completed on all properties (including residential, commercial, industrial and vacant land) on or before 30 November to reduce the risk of fires during the bushfire season. Winter time is a perfect time to prepare your property for the upcoming season. Firebreaks and hazards must be maintained until 26 April.

Firebreak contractors are listed in the document below.

Firebreak inspections

Shire Rangers start property and firebreak inspections on 1 December each year to ensure they comply with the Shire’s Firebreak order.  Those property owners that do not comply may be infringed or hazard reduction work may be carried out by the Shire of Harvey at the property owner’s expense.

Current fire bans

For all up to date information regarding Harvey and Vehicle Movement Bans, community warnings about emergencies go to the Emergency WA website. Updated information is also available on the ABC Radio.

Total Fire Ban (TFB)

TFBs are declared by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services on days of extreme weather or when widespread fires are seriously stretching firefighting resources. TFBs are generally declared the evening before they take effect.  To find out if a TFB has been declared visit Emergency WA or tune in to ABC radio (720AM/684AM).

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.

The ban includes all open air fires for cooking or camping. It also includes incinerators, welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting. For more information including exemptions visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans

Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans (HVMB)

A HVMB, once declared by the Shire, prohibits all harvesting operations and all vehicle movements on a property (except for the essential watering of stock using a diesel powered vehicle).

HVMBs remain in place until midnight on the day called or until lifted (revoked) by the Shire.

A ban may be called on the basis of:

  • Unfavourable fire weather conditions.
  • Lack of firefighting resources due to existing commitments.
  • Public holidays.

SMS text notification

If you wish to be added to the Shire of Harvey’s total fire ban and harvest movement ban SMS text notification list, please email your contact details to ESD@harvey.wa.gov.au

Please note that this SMS text is only a notification service. Emergency WA has the most up to date information.

More information and contacts

For more information about bushfire mitigation, please contact us.

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