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Prohibited Burning Period from Monday 18 November 2019

The City’s Chief Bush Fire Control Officer has varied the Prohibited Burning Period to commence from 12:01am Monday 18 November 2019 to 31 March 2020 inclusive.

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Firebreaks

Firebreaks 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.

Firebreaks 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. To view the City of Wanneroo Firebreak Notice please click below:

Firebreak Notice and information

Firebreak requirement for vacant land with an area of less than 4000m²

  • A 3 metre wide trafficable fire break as close as possible to all external boundaries of the property;
    or
  • Slash the entire property to a height of no more than 50 millimetres and remove all flammable materials from the property. The entire property is required to be maintained below 50 millimetres.
  • Ensure a minimum vertical clearance of 3.5 metres is maintained along the fire breaks to ensure vehicles can drive along fire breaks without being impeded by tree branches.
  • Residential properties in 'Residential' zoned areas with reticulated maintained gardens are not required to install a fire break unless specifically advised by the City of Wanneroo.

Firebreak requirement for ALL land with an area of 4000m² or more

  • A 3 metre wide trafficable fire break as close as possible to all external boundaries of the property must be installed by 1 November each year, and maintained until 30 April the following year.
  • Where it is not possible to install the fire break adjacent to the external boundary of the property due to naturally occurring obstacles, it is acceptable to install the fire break around the obstacle. If this variation requires the fire break to be greater than 5 metres around away from the external boundary, a 'fire break variation' is required.
  • Ensure a minimum vertical clearance of 3.5 metres is maintained along the fire breaks to ensure vehicles can drive along fire breaks without being impeded by tree branches.

Firebreak requirement for land with buildings and an area of 4000m² or more

  • A 3 metre wide bare earth and cleared fire break as close as possible to all external boundaries of the property must be installed by 1 November each year, and maintained until 30 April the following year.
  • Where it is not possible to install the fire break adjacent to the external boundary of the property due to naturally occurring obstacles, it is acceptable to install the fire break around the obstacle. If this variation requires the fire break to be greater than 5 metres around away from the external boundary, a 'fire break variation' is required.
  • Ensure a minimum vertical clearance of 3.5 metres is maintained along the fire breaks to ensure vehicles can drive along fire breaks without being impeded by tree branches.
  • Install and maintain a 20 metre 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 3 metre spacing between tree canopies to prevent treetop fires spreading, keeping all grasses to a height of no more than 50 millimetres and storing all firewood piles more than 20 metres away from buildings.

Firebreak inspections
Firebreak inspections are carried out by the City’s Rangers/Fire Control Officers on all vacant urban, residential, rural, semi-rural, special rural and special residential land annually as from 2 November and if not constructed, an on the spot fie of $250 will be issued to the owner of the property.