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FIRE PERMITS & RESTRICTIONS 

Residents are reminded that the Fire Danger Season is usually from 22 November through to 30 April each year, although these dates may be varied according to seasonal conditions. Permits will not be issued for burning during these dates except in exceptional or emergency circumstances.

Any enquiries for permits during the above period should be referred to Council or the Country Fire Services who may authorise the issue of a permit. Any application to Council will not be authorised without consultation with the CFS Group Officer from the area concerned.

Burning at times outside of the Fire Danger Season has recently changed for Townships within the Council area subject to the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016. Burning of agricultural waste now requires a burning permit from Council. In assessing permit applications, Council’s Authorised Officers will use their discretion; all burning piles will be inspected prior to permits being authorised and taking into account the following criteria in determining whether a permit will be issued or not: 

  • Bushfire risk of the area
  • Purpose of the proposed burning
  • Amount of material to be burnt
  • Fuel load present on adjoining properties
  • Properties in close proximity or adjoining reserves or national parks
  • Proximity and potential impact to neighbouring residents
  • Availability of other reasonable means to dispose of the vegetation
  • Legitimacy of the proposed burning (ie genuine fire hazard reduction or rubbish removal)
  • Nature of material to be burnt
  • Size of the allotment
  • Terrain of the allotment and locality
  • Accessibility to the allotment and area where the vegetation is to be burnt
  • Is the material declared and/or woody weeds
  • Is the material diseased plant material
  • Requirements of the Country Fire Service Broad Acre Burning Code of Practice
  • Requirements of the Country Fire Service Vegetation Pile Burning Code of Practice
  • Religious or Cultural purposes

Burning at times outside of the Fire Danger Season outside of Township areas remains subject to restrictions under the Clear Air Regulations and therefore burning should only take place under the following circumstances: 

  • When it is not a Fire Ban (total or partial)
  • Agricultural purposes
  • Recreational purposes, including barbecues and picnics
  • Bushfire prevention
  • Instruction in Fire Fighting

If you live INSIDE a township area you can only burn when it is for:

  • Preparation of food or beverages where the size of the fire and fuel are appropriate for that purpose
  • Heating an outdoor area using a brazier, chiminea or fire pit – charcoal only
  • Fire prevention or control (vegetation) – requires Council approval (permit or notice)
  • Disposal of agricultural or forestry waste (vegetation) – requires Council approval (permit or notice)
  • Other – requires Council approval (permit or notice)

If you live OUTSIDE a township area, you can:

  • Use a fire for the preparation of food and beverages
  • Use a brazier, chiminea or fire pit for outdoor domestic heating
  • Campfire
  • Burn agricultural or forestry waste (vegetation) – must comply with the relevant CFS Code of Practice
  • Burn off for bushfire hazard reduction (vegetation) – must comply with relevant CFS Code of Practice

The burning of wood treated with Copper Chrome Arsenate (CCA) or other chemical preservatives is strictly prohibited.

Please contact your local South Australian CFS Group Officer or Council on (08) 8721 0444 if you require any further information.

Township Burning Policy 

Country Fire Services  

 

FIRE PREVENTION  

Under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005, Council has an obligation to undertake Fire Prevention measures within its area.

Council is now guided by the Limestone Coast Bushfire Management Committee (LCBMC) who sat for the first time in August 2010. The LCBMC is part of the new two tiered approach, with the State Bushfire Coordination Committee (SBCC) having the legislative responsibility for bushfire management planning in South Australia. Bushfire Management Area Plans will replace the old District Bushfire Prevention Plans.


Each year during the months of October and November, depending on seasonal conditions, properties are assessed for compliance against the Fire and Emergency Services Act and Regulations. If a property needs attention a notice will be issued giving the property owner direction on the requirements. If this notice is not complied with, Council may slash the allotment and/or arrange for a contractor to carry out the work, with the owner being on-charged any associated costs. In addition, an expiation notice may be issued for non-compliance of the Act.

Owners and occupiers may also receive notice when it is considered that other fire hazards exist on their property.

Landholders are asked to keep their property clean and free from fire hazards at all times of the year, and particularly during the fire danger season. Please remember that bushfire prevention is an obligation, not an option.

 

PREPARING FOR THE BUSHFIRE SEASON

It is the responsibility of every South Australian to ensure that they are adequately prepared for a Bushfire and know what to do should one occur. The District Council of Grant and the SA Country Fire Service strongly urge the use of a Bushfire Action Plan. Information pamphlets on this are available from the Council Office, Port MacDonnell Community Complex or by contacting your local Council Fire Prevention Officer on (08) 8721 0444.

 

BUSHFIRE SEASONAL CHECKLIST

WINTER

  • Remove dead vegetation from around the home and prune lower limbs of trees
  • Obtain Council permit to burn off garden waste, or dispose of the material through mulching, or at a Council Waste Transfer Station
  • Ember-proof the home, eg check roof space for loose tiles and gaps and repair as necessary

SPRING

  • Slash or mow long grass and remove cut material (unless it can rot down before summer)
  • Remove weeds around sheds and fences
  • Cut back trees overhanging the roof
  • Remove fallen branches and other debris
  • Check and service all mechanical equipment, including grass cutters, water pumps, sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers
  • Remove leaves from gutters
  • Review and update your Bushfire Survival Plan

 SUMMER

  • Maintain a 20-metre fuel reduction zone around your home (greater if on a slope)
  • Clear around trees
  • Remove leaves from the gutters
  • Slash stubble near sheds/buildings
  • Check reserve water supplies
  • Rehearse your Bushfire Survival Plan with your family
  • Prepare evacuation kit
  • Ensure you have a portable battery-powered radio to hear bushfire warnings
  • Monitor fire restrictions

 AUTUMN

  • Remove undergrowth and dead vegetation
  • Seek Council permission for a burn-off
  • Check for any fire hazards and remove

 

GRAIN HARVESTING CODE OF PRACTICE

The District Council of Grant supports the responsible operation of farm machinery. It is recommended that the Grain Harvesting Code of Practice is adhered to.

 

The Grain Harvesting Code of Practice applies to harvesting of any flammable crop, all grain harvesting and grain handling operations that occur ‘in the paddock’ including operation of gran harvesters, operation of vehicles involved in transporting grain, grain dryers and grain augers.

 

COMBUSTION OF HAY

Spontaneous combustion in hay is almost always due to uneven curing in the hay before it is stacked. Hay with a moisture content of less than 25% will not spontaneously ignite. However, a fire hazard is created more often, by small pockets of wet material within a bale.

It is important to ensure that all hay is well cured and dry before stacking. If the hay is from areas of lush growth, or (after rain) from low lying ground, extra diligence is required.

If you suspect a haystack is heating, an iron rod or crow bar can be thrust into the stack at intervals and allowed to remain undisturbed for about two hours. This will give an indication of the heat within the haystack.

As a guideline, the following guidelines in relation to the heat of the iron rod or crow bar are provided:

 

25° - 35° C                      Comfortable

40° - 50° C                      Tolerable

55° - 65° C                      Tolerable to touch only

70° and above                 Too hot to touch

Checking temperatures should be undertaken regularly. If the temperature is above 75° C, precautions should be taken in case the stack spontaneously ignites.

If temperature is high, the only solution is to pull the stack apart. Water and firefighting equipment should be on hard to extinguish a possible fire. Hot hay should be placed clear of other flammable material because fires can still occur up to 24 hours or longer from the time of removal from the stack.

 

Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005

Fire and Emergency Services Regulations 2005

Local CFS Contacts

Preparing Yourself for a Bushfire

Country Fire Service

Bushfire Management Planning

Bushfire Safer Places

Prescribed Areas for Gas/Electrical Cooking on Fire Ban Days

Country Fire Services Resources

Services Guide