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Broad Acre Burning(1745 kb)

Fire Prevention Information

Block Clearing & Mowing

Now is the time to arrange for the clearing and mowing of any blocks located in and adjoining townships.

Council emphasise the importance of undertaking necessary fire prevention measures for the safety of your family,  pets and property. Preparation of your property (or vacant block) includes but is not limited to the following:

  • •       Cut grass (to approx. 10cm / 4 inches) within 20 metres of all buildings

  • •       Cut grass (to approx. 10cm / 4 inches) within 5 metres of all structures • Remove dead branches, leaves and undergrowth from around your home

  • •       Prune tree limbs less than two metres above ground

  • •       Prune branches overhanging your home • Remove bark, heavy mulch, wood piles and any other flammable materials close to your home and sheds

  • •       Clean out your gutters

  • •       Spark Proofing your home

  • •       Vacant Blocks shall be cut to a maximum height of 10cm to ensure compliance

 

Burning Green Waste is NOT permitted within Township Boundaries. Please use your Green Waste bin or Dispose of your green waste at the Waste Transfer Station in Port Broughton or Bute where there is no fee for the disposal of Green Waste.

Services available for Block Clearing & Mowing

The following Contractors have a service available for the clearing and mowing of blocks.  Please note,  Contractors Business  are not  listed as one of Council’s preferred contractors, it is a guide only to offer block slashing services for ratepayers.

           Marijke Gurr – Administration – 0407 397 071

           Rick Gurr – Gardening – 0419 877 624

           Website: https://www.facebook.com/Pelicanlogo/

  • Lyn Bettess Gardening – 0427 262 162

  • Anthony Manners           0427 242 306

Anthony.manners1@gmail.com

Preparing your home and property

Keeping your home and property well prepared throughout the year is essential to ensure you survive a bushfire. A well prepared home is more likely to survive a bushfire than one that hasn't been prepared.

A well prepared home:

  • can be easier for you or firefighters to defend

  • is more likely to survive, even if you're not there

  • is less likely to put your neighbours' homes at risk

  • will give you more protection if a fire threatens suddenly and you cannot leave and have to take shelter

    Ways to protect your home:

  • Use non-flammable building materials

  • Starve the fire by clearing vegetation and rubbish away from your home

  • Create a defendable space by carefully managing trees close to your home and reducing vegetation for 20 metres

  • Fill the gaps where embers might enter or catch

  • Protect your assets with adequate home and contents insurance

    Even if you plan to leave early, there is a greater chance that your home will survive if you have undertaken preparations.

    For more information read the Preparing your property fact sheet.

    Around the house

    Spark proof the house and buildings

    To protect your house it is vital that you prevent sparks and burning material from entering through windows, under doors and/or under floor boards. You can do this by:

  • Fitting metal fly wire mesh or solid screens to spark proof the windows, doors, ventilators and skylights.

  • Close in all openings in eaves and under-floor areas.

  • Sealing all gaps in the roof area along the ridge cap, gutter line and fascia board.

  • Extending wall cladding on buildings and sheds to the ground.

  • Sealing the flute spaces at the fascia board with fibreglass insulation or scribed flat metal with corrugated iron roofs.

  • Tiled roofs require an appropriate fire rated insulation (sarking) immediately below the tiles.

    Roofing 

    Most homes ignite when sparks or burning embers blow under tiles and start burning roofing timbers or accumulated litter. Metal roofing offers more protection provided it is firmly secured and sealed around vents, skylights, fascias and roof caps.

    Underfloor

    Underfloor areas that are not enclosed allow sparks and embers to penetrate. If these areas are used to store timber, firewood, or other flammable materials, the risk is increased. Make sure that underfloor areas are kept clear of flammable material during summer.

    Windows and vents

    Crevices where embers can collect are potential ignition points. Cracks under doors, on window ledges, windows, or along verandas are particularly vulnerable. Vents into the house structure are also common entry points for sparks. They should be covered in fine wire mesh to prevent embers from getting into walls, roof cavity areas or through windows.

    In the garden

    Reducing the amount of vegetation on a property is one of the most critical components of preparing for bushfires.

    Before the fire season you can:

  • Remove dead branches, leaves and undergrowth from around your home especially under trees.

  • Prune tree limbs that are lower than two metres above the ground or overhanging your home.

  • Reduce, remove and manage vegetation such as long grass within 20 metres of your home and within 5 metres of any sheds and garages.

  • Remove bark, heavy mulch, wood piles and any other flammable materials close to your home and sheds.

    Other things you can do include:

  • Installing a sprinkler system to wet down your home and garden to reduce the impact of radiant heat, sparks and embers. All fittings should be metal, as plastic melts.

  • Ensuring access to an independent water supply such as a tank, dam or swimming pool of at least 5000 litres. Do not rely on mains water being available during a fire.

  • Installing a petrol/diesel-driven water pump.

  • Making sure hoses are long enough to reach around your home.

  • Using a stone wall, earth barrier, or fence close to your home as a radiant heat shield.

  • Planting lower flammability vegetation, including plants and trees with low oil and high water and salt content.

  • Developing a well-managed vegetable garden, as it can act as an excellent fuel break.

  • Planting trees and shrubs with space between them so they do not form a continuous canopy.

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  • You can do some things in each season to make sure you keep your home and property prepared.

    In winter take advantage of the cooler weather to clean up your property and ember proof your home.

  • Clear all gutters and create as much clear space as possible around your home.

  • Remove dead vegetation from around your home and prune lower limbs of trees.

  • Check with your council to see if a permit is required to burn off garden waste, or dispose of the material through mulching or at a council rubbish dump

  • Ember-proof your home: seal gaps and areas under your home, verandahs or balconies; repair any loose tiles or gaps in your roof; cover windows, crevices and vents with fine wire mesh or flywire; repair or fill nooks and crannies where leaves or embers could gather.

    In spring get ready for the impending Fire Danger Season

  • Slash or mow long grass and remove cut material (unless it can rot down before summer).

  • Remove weeds.

  • Cut back trees overhanging your home.

  • Remove fallen branches and other debris.

  • Remove leaves from gutters.

  • Check and service all mechanical equipment, including grass cutters, water pumps, sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers.

  • Prepare / check your emergency kit.

  • Review, update and practise your Bushfire Survival Plan.

    During summer maintain your preparedness through the Fire Danger Season

  • Maintain defendable space of up to 20 metres around your home (greater if on a slope) and 5 metres from sheds and garages.

  • Clear around trees.

  • Remove leaves from gutters.

  • Slash stubble near sheds and buildings (following regulations for Total Fire Ban Days).

  • Check reserve water supplies.

  • Practise your Bushfire Survival Plan with your family.

  • Ensure you have a portable battery-powered radio and spare batteries to listen to bushfire warnings.

  • Monitor Fire Danger Ratings.

    In autumn clean up after summer

  • Remove undergrowth and dead vegetation.

  • Check with your council to see if a permit is required for a burnoff.

  • Check for any fire hazards and remove.

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 (Air Quality) Policy 2016.

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

Broadacre/Paddock Management adjoining township properties

Please ensure a fire-break is in place for all properties located adjoining township properties.To ensure the safe management and compliance of broadacre paddocks  boundary management:

  • a 5 metre firebreak is required for paddocks adjoining township properties; or 
  • a wider fire breaks around township boundaries, that may be up to 10m in width depending upon specific local circumstances.

Where clarification is required, contact Council’s Fire Prevention Officer on 08 8635 2107.

The following link may provide further information:  https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/prepare_for_a_fire/cfs_codes_of_practice.jsp

 

 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 1st  November  - April 15th  - Subject to change .

https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/bans_and_ratings/fire_danger_season_dates.jsp

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

Bushfire Safer Places :https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/prepare_for_a_fire/bushfire_safer_places.jsp

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

grain harvesting(464 kb)
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.
 
 
Use of Metal Cutting Tools and Welders(715 kb)
A guide to assist in the use of prescribed tools (Angle Grinders/Metal friction tools) outside of the fire danger season
 
 
Broad Acre Burning(1745 kb)
A guide to assist in the practice of safe broad acre stubble burning outside of the fire danger season.
 
 
Vegetation Pile Burning(580 kb)
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.

(j)  Permits issued for Bute, South Hummocks, Alford and Tickera CFS areas are exempt from the standard condition to notify CFS via telephone, however they MUST contact the listed number 8826 2011.

 

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 (1e).

d)Permits issued for Bute, South Hummocks, Alford and Tickera CFS areas are exempt from the standard condition to notify CFS via telephone, however they MUST contact the listed number

8826 2011.

 

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 (1e).

(f)  Permits issued for Bute, South Hummocks, Alford and Tickera CFS areas are exempt from the standard condition to notify CFS via telephone, however they MUST contact the listed number 8826 2011.

 

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.

h) Permits issued for Bute, South Hummocks, Alford and Tickera CFS areas are exempt from the standard condition to notify CFS via telephone, however they MUST contact the listed number 8826 2011.

 

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)

 

 

CONTACTS:

  Bute, South Hummocks, Alford, Tickera (Council C/o SACFS)                    8826 2011

  Port Broughton (SACFS)                                                                              0438 130 940

  Wards Hill      (SACFS)                                                                                 0429 084 719

               Mundoora      (SACFS)                                                                                 0427 901 594

 

A reminder that:  NO BURNING shall be conducted once the sun has set (after dark).

 

Steve Davey

Fire Prevention Officer

 

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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