A coordinated and planned approach is required to address fire management within the City in order to reduce the risk of fire occurrences that could result in damage to life, property and the environment.
Hazard reduction burning, prescribed burning, controlled burning and planned burning are interchangeable terms that describe burning in a predetermined area for the management and control of fuel loads. These types of fires are generally ‘cool’ and are undertaken in appropriate weather conditions so that the fire burns slowly at low intensity.
Hazard reduction Grass Tree burning mitigates the severity of wildfires/bushfires and reduces the potential impacts to the community and the environment by burning selected vegetation and ground fuels such as leaf litter, grasses and Grass Trees/Balgas in a mosaic pattern leaving burnt and unburnt areas to provide minimal impact to flora and fauna.
The introduction of hazard reduction Grass Tree burning within applicable reserves/bushland areas has been recommended as a bushfire mitigation strategy by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to reduce bushfire risk in applicable areas.
Further information on hazard reduction Grass Tree burning on public land can be found in the Hazard reduction Grass Tree burning on public land — Frequently Asked Questions in the link below.
Information on hazard reduction Grass Tree burning on private land can be found in the Hazard reduction Grass Tree burning on private land — Frequently Asked Questions in the link below.
Information on burning on private property (including refuse, barbecues and outdoor heaters) can be found in the Burning on private property (including refuse, barbecues and outdoor heaters) — Frequently Asked Questions in the link below.
To find out about any upcoming scheduled hazard reduction Grass Tree burns please see the City’s Public Notices, subscribe to the City’s Public Notices Online Newsletter and/or register for inclusion on the City’s Hazard Reduction Grass Tree Burning Notification Register below to receive an automated notification via SMS / text message or email.
The City will notify you by your preferred contact method when when a hazard reduction Grass Tree burn occurs within 200 metres of your residence.
Burn activities are subject to weather and operational resources.