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Fire breaks

Fire breaks are a simple way to help protect your property from fire by creating a strip of cleared or ploughed land to allow easy access for emergency vehicles during a fire.

Fire breaks must extend around the entire perimeter of the land immediately inside the boundary, and are a legal requirement.

Property owners are required to clear firebreaks by 1 November each year and maintain them until the following April.

Property less than 4,000m²

  • A fire break, not less than three (3) metres wide must be cleared immediately inside (or as close as possible) and around all external boundaries of the land.
  • All tree branches that over-hang a fire break must be trimmed back to a minimum height of three and a half (3.5) meters above ground level and the growth on the fire break cannot exceed fifty (50) millimeters high.

Property greater than 4,000m²

  • A fire break, not less than three (3) metres wide, must be cleared immediately inside (or as close as possible) around all external boundaries of the land.
  • All tree branches that over-hang a fire break must be trimmed back to a minimum height of three and a half  (3.5) meters above ground level and the growth on the fire break cannot exceed fifty (50) millimeters high.

Buildings

  • Install and maintain a twenty (20) meter building protection zone surrounding all buildings, large hay stacks and fuel storage areas. A building protection zone includes undertaking measures such as pruning all lower tree branches to prevent fire entering the trees, ensuring three (3) meter spacing between tree canopies to prevent treetop fires spreading between trees, keeping all grasses to a height of not more than fifty (50) millimeters and storing all firewood piles more than twenty (20) meters away from the buildings. 

Firebreak inspections
From the 2 November each year, firebreak inspections are carried out by the City's Rangers/Fire Control Officers on all vacant urban land and rural properties.

Firebreak inspections are carried out on all vacant residential, rural, semi-rural, special rural and special residential land annually and if not constructed, an on the spot fine of $250 will be issued to the owner of the property.

Fire and burning information brochure