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Fire Hazards  

 
Properties are to be kept clear of long grass and any other fire hazards, particularly during the summer period. Failure to do so may incur a penalty from the Council.

Additional information on fire control can be obtained from Council's Fire Prevention Officer, Steve Davey, on 0429 678 622 during office hours.

Fire Danger Season - Our Fire Ban District is Yorke Peninsula.

Fire Danger season runs from 15th November  - April 30th  - Subject to change .

Understanding Fire Regulations - CFS Website - www.cfs.sa.gov.au

The CFS have adopted Codes of Practice as a guide for farming communities, they are:

CFS Code of Practice - Grain Harvesting
This code of practice applies to all grain harvesting and grain handling operations that occur "in the paddock", including operation of grain harvesters, operation of vehicles involved in transporting grain, grain dryers and grain augers. The Grain Harvesting Code of Practice applies to harvesting of any flammable crop.
 
 
CFS Code of Practice - Use of metal cutting tools and welders - April 2015
A guide to assist in the use of prescribed tools (Angle Grinders/Metal friction tools) outside of the fire danger season
 
 
CFS Code of Practice - Broad Acre Burning April 2015
A guide to assist in the practice of safe broad acre stubble burning outside of the fire danger season.
 
 
CFS Code of Practice - Vegetation Rubbish Pile Burning - April 2015
A guide to assist in the practice of safe vegetation pile burning outside of the fire danger season.

 

It is essential that you are familiar with the regulations and understand what you can and cannot do, within the DCBW area as we have a VERY strict burning policy.

Q Can I burn rubbish or grass cuttings on my property?
If you live within the Settlement Zones of Alford, Bute and Tickera or the Residential, Town Centre, Industry, Community or Rural Living Zones of Port Broughton, you CANNOT burn at any time. This ban extends to the areas of Fishermans Bay, Kulpara, Melton and Mundoora that are shown as the hatched areas on the Maps contained in the Environment Protection (EP) Burning Policy 1994 and Fire and Emergency Services Act.

If your property falls outside of these areas, you can burn but are subject to the conditions as outlined in the EP Burning Policy and the Fire and Emergency Services Act.
Environment Protection Burning Policy 1994 (334 kb)

Q Can I light a bonfire, campfire or light a fire for warmth or comfort?
You can if used principally for the preparation of food or beverages or the heating of a potable liquid. 
You must also adhere to the following regulations during Fire Danger Season:
Must be in a properly constructed fireplace; or
In a portable cooking appliance; or
The fire is in a 30cm deep trench and not more than one metre square in area and
You have a four metre cleared space around and above the fire
A responsible person is in attendance at all times
An adequate agent to extinguish the fire is at hand

Q Can I use a gas or electric BBQ?
Yes, providing you have a responsible person in attendance at all times and have a 4 metre cleared space around and above the gas fire or electric element. An adequate agent to extinguish the fire must also be at hand.

Should you have any further queries, please contact Council on 8635 2107.

Fire Permits

Schedule 9 Permits for burning are available after 15th February  from either the Bute or Port Broughton Council offices subject to fire bans and general weather conditions.

Only one permit per landholder will be issued and will last for the entire period of the Fire Danger Season.

The local CFS and/or  the local Council office must be advised on the morning of every day on which burning is carried out, making sure that there is a minimum of 2 hours notice given to both. (Refer Permit Conditions)

Farmers MUST notify Council of their intent to burn BEFORE 1.00pm ON THE DAY of the intended burn.

Permits are to be carried by the farmer at all times while burning and they must be the person at the burn themselves - permits cannot be transferred.

Permits are to be issued at the discretion of the authorised permit officers who have a right to refuse permits having regard to local weather conditions.

ALL RESTRICTIONS MUST BE ADHERED TO!

CFS CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR THE BURNING SEASON 

Bute, South Hummocks, Alford, Tickera         08 8826 2011

Port Broughton                     0404 720 354

Wards Hill                             0427 716 246

Mundoora                             0419 852 832

Adelaide Fire                        8204 3782

 

Conditions for Burning Permits

1.                   “Burning Off” Conditions –

(a)   This Permit MUST be issued to the person who intends to conduct the burning, and this person MUST be on site at all times the burning is being conducted. 

(b)   A copy of this permit MUST be on the site at all times and must be produced immediately should an Authorised Officer request it.

(c)   Where a permit is issued for longer than a 24 hour period, the permit holder MUST notify the Council of their intent to burn BEFORE 1.00pm on the day of the intended burn AND provide a minimum of  2 hours notice before starting to burn.

(d)   The land immediately around the relevant land must be cleared of all flammable material to a distance of at least four metres.

(e)    A minimum of THREE (3) persons, a fire unit with a minimum of 400L of water and operational motor, pump and hoses also to be in attendance.

(f)    Burning off is permitted during daylight hours Monday to Friday. Burning off is NOT permitted on Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays.

(g)    NO BURNING shall be conducted once the sun has set (after dark).

(h)    Permit holders must notify adjoining landowners prior to burning.

(i)     Permits are to be issued at the discretion of the Authorised Officers who have a right to refuse permits.

 

2.                   “Fire harrowing” Burning Conditions-

a)       A genuine attempt must be made to previously burn the land.

b)       At least ONE (1) responsible,  able-bodied person to be in attendance from the time the fire is lit until it is extinguished and 400L of water and operational motor, pump and hoses also to be in attendance.

c)       All other adopted conditions for “Burning Off” still apply except condition (e).

3.                   “Windrowing” Burning Conditions

(a)     This Permit MUST be issued to the person who intends to conduct the burning, and this person MUST be on site at all times the burning is being conducted. 

(b)    A copy of this permit MUST be on the site at all times and must be produced immediately should an Authorised Officer request it.

(c)   Where a permit is issued for longer than a 24 hour period, the permit holder MUST notify the Council of their intent to burn BEFORE 1.00pm on the day of the intended burn AND provide a minimum of  2 hours notice before starting to burn.

(d)   At least ONE (1) responsible, able-bodied person to be in attendance from the time the fire is lit until it is extinguished and 400L of water and operational motor, pump and hoses also to be in attendance.

(e)   All other adopted conditions for “Burning Off” still apply except condition (e).

4.                   “Chaff Pile” Burning Conditions

a)       No burning of Chaff Piles until the 14th March annually.

b)       The piles must be contained within a 20 metre burnt/cleared area around the pile with a 4 metre ploughed break around the outside of the burnt/cleared area.

c)       A minimum of 1000 litres of water on hand and to remain in the location for a further 24 hour period after the completion of the burn off or until the area is ploughed.

d)       No Chaff Piles to be burnt within 25m of a boundary fence.

e)       No burning of the chaff piles when prevailing winds will create a hazard to road users and or townships or settlements as a result of smoke.

f)         The fire ground must be rechecked within 6 hours of completion of the burn off and again within 24 hours.

g)       All other adopted conditions for “Burning off” still apply.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER:

It is the RESPONSIBILITY of the Permit Holder to make the required NOTIFICATION’S of their intention to burn; as per the conditions outlined on the back of the permit ( FES ACT 2005, Schedule 9 Permit)

 

Incinerators

Incinerators are NOT permitted to be used during the fire danger season anywhere within our Council area.

Incinerators are NOT permitted to be used outside of the  fire danger season within the Settlement Zones at Alford, Bute, Tickera and the Residential, Town Centre, Industry, Community and Rural Living Zones of Port Broughton.

It is also not permitted in the areas of Fisherman Bay, Kulpara, Melton and Mundoora as shown as the hatched area maps in the Environment Protection Burning Policy 1994.

The following guidelines apply for the burning of incinerators: (OUTSIDE of the above areas ONLY)

a)      Burning of incinerators is permitted Monday - Saturday between the hours of 10am - 3pm

b)      Burning of incinerators is NOT permitted on Sunday's

c)       Council also recommends the notification of immediate neighbours as a matter of courtesy and consideration

  

Bushfire Plan

Council is extremely cautious of the need to ensure that any bushfire risk is minimised, and requests residents to undertake the necessary steps to ensure not only their safety, but that of their neighbours. Below is a range of information for consideration.

Do you know:

a)      The conditions under which a bushfire is most likely to occur and spread?

b)      The most likely cause of house loss during bushfires?

c)       How to reduce the chances of your house burning in a bushfire?

d)      How will you find out about a fire in your area?

e)      What is required for personal protection during a bushfire?

 

Have you thought about:

a)       Whether to stay with your house or to leave well before a fire starts?

b)       All members of your household and their abilities to deal with bushfires?

c)       Preparing an action plan for what every household member will do during a bushfire?

d)       Where family members might be when a bushfire starts - home, work, school, shopping, friends?

e)       The possibility of a fire threatening on a weekend, at night or when you have guests?

 

Have you done everything necessary to:

a)       Reduce the amount of fire fuels (leaves, small sticks and grass) from around your house?

b)       Maintain your house to minimise the risk of ember attack in a bushfire?

c)       Prepare a kit of personal safety gear for each household member?

d)       Secure a reliable water supply and equipment to defend your house during a bushfire?

e)       Plan for the safety of your pets?

f)        Identify and gather your valuables?

g)       Do you feel confident that you can implement your bushfire plan?

For information on joining the Country Fire Service, please contact the group in your local area.

Information brochures on fire safety are available from both Council offices.

 Flinders Mid North & Yorke Interim Bushfire Managment Plan (12463 kb)

 

 

Main Office
11 Bay Street
Port Broughton SA 5522
Sub Office
Railway Terrace
Bute SA 5560
Postal Address
PO Box 3
Port Broughton SA 5522
Contact Council
Phone: 08 8635 2107
Fax:      08 8635 2596
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