City of Port Lincoln

Fire Danger Season

During the Fire Danger Season there are strict controls on the lighting of fires and the use of certain tools in the open.  For information on what you can do and what you can’t do click on the Fact Sheet - Restrictions provided by the CFS.

The CFS has available from their website www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/resources/fact_sheets.jsp a range of Fact Sheets and brochures to help you prepare for the Fire Danger Season covering the following topics:

  • Planning to Survive a Bushfire
  • Understanding Bushfires and Warnings
  • Preparing Yourself
  • Preparing your Property
  • Pets, Horses and Livestock
  • Machinery, Storage, Permits and Restrictions
  • Preparing Your Business
  • Preparing with Others
  • Surviving while Travelling and on Holidays
  • Aerial Firefighting

Pursuant to Section 105(F) of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005, an owner of private land must take reasonable steps:

a)      to prevent or inhibit the outbreak of fire on the land; and
b)      to prevent or inhibit the spread of fire through the land; and
c)      to protect property on the land from fire; and
d)      to minimise the threat to human life from a fire on the land.
Maximum penalty $5000.

Preparation of your home and property throughout the year will ensure that you, your property and your family are given the best chance to survive a bushfire.  A well prepared home is more likely to survive a bushfire than one that has not been prepared.  Staying informed is also critical on days of high fire danger.  Look and listen for information on television, radio, internet, mobile phones and by speaking with your neighbours, do not rely on one source of information as power and online services can be lost during a fire.

The CFS recommends that you download the official South Australian Government Alert SA App which provides a comprehensive view of hazards across the State.  The Alert SA App provides access to timely, relevant and personalised event and warning information sourced from a wide range of emergency service Agencies, Government and Community Partners. 

To find out more visit http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/news_and_media/alert_sa_app.jsp  and to download the Alert SA App visit https://alert.sa.gov.au/download/   

Burning during the Fire Danger Season

Burning should not be carried out during the Fire Danger Season without a Schedule 9 permit issued by your local Council other than a fire used for cooking and personal comfort.

If you want to burn during the Fire Danger Season you will need to complete the Application Form below and submit to Council for approval.  Once Council has received your application form a Compliance Officer will be in contact with you to arrange a time to inspect the site. 

No burning can commence unless you have received a Schedule 9 Permit provided by the local Council and/or CFS.     

5-71-T14 Application Form – Schedule 9 Permit

Total Fire Ban Days

No burning should be carried out on a Total Fire Ban day without a Schedule 10 permit issued by the local Council and/or CFS.   

To check if a Total Fire Ban has been declared for your region visit www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/fire_bans_and_ratings.jsp.  If you are unsure about what restrictions there are during a Total Fire Ban day visit the CFS website http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/ for more information and/or if in doubt, phone the Bushfire Information Hotline 1300 362 361 or if you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, contact the CFS through the National Relay Service on 133 677.

New Environment Protection Policy

The Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 ('the 2016 Policy') took effect from Saturday 23 July 2016,  Significantly, the 2016 Policy replaces and consolidates four EPA policies:

  • Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 1994 
  • Environment Protection (Burning) Policy 1994 ('the 1994 Policy')
  • Environment Protection (Motor Vehicle Fuel Quality) Policy 2002 and
  • Environment Protection (Solid Fuel Heaters) Policy 2015

For the purposes of the new Policy the City of Port Lincoln is classified as a ‘non-metropolitan’ Council indicating that Section 5(2)(b) of the Policy is applicable in relation to permissible burning activities. A copy of the 2016 Policy is available at:

Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016  

Council is currently reviewing its existing policy (No. 5.63.9) to reflect the new legislative requirements.  In the meantime residents should note that generally no burning of garden prunings or similar is allowed on the ground unless it is for fire prevention activities, food/beverage preparation, for domestic heating, scout-related camping activities or similar recreational purposes.

The following is an indication of permissible burning activities OUTSIDE of the Fire Danger Season.  A permit under the Fire & Emergency Services Act for any burning activities is required during the Fire Danger Season (1 November – 15 April)

 (1)  Light or maintain a fire in the open on land using charcoal, dry wood or other dry plant material such as paper, cardboard and garden prunings:

a)  for the purpose of preparing food or beverages

b)  for a campfire or barbecue in the course of camping, scouting or a similar outdoor recreational activity.

 (2)   Burn charcoal, dry wood or other plant material such as paper, cardboard or garden prunings in a brazier, chiminea or fire pit for domestic heating (Note:  Under the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016, burning of these materials on the ground is not permitted);

 (3)   Outside the fire danger season and with the consent of the owner of the land, residents may burn agriculture or forestry waste, or burn off vegetation for fire prevention or control provided that:

a) The person complies with any mandatory measures of a prescribed burning code of practice that applies in relation to the burning activity;

b) The person has regard to any recommended measures of a prescribed burning code of practice that applies in relation to the burning activity;

c) Burning is to occur between the hours of 10.00am and 3.00pm Monday to Saturday inclusive.

d) No burning is to occur on a Sunday or Public Holiday or on a day declared Total Fire Ban – see www.cfs.org.au .

e) Stockpiles of dry vegetation must not be larger than 3m x 3m x 1.5m high;

f) A four-metre break is required around the area to be burned;

g) All flammable materials must be removed from the proximity of the burn;

h) Working fire control equipment must be readily available at the site of the burn (refer to the CFS and MFS websites www.cfs.org.au and www.mfs.sa.gov.au  for further detail);

i) The site of the burn must not be left unattended if smoke/smouldering is still emitting from the burnt materials;

j) Smoke entering other properties must be minimised, so as not to cause a nuisance;

k) Multiple stockpiles must not be set alight at the same time;

l) Materials mixed in with the soil must not be burnt;

m) The following materials or any other hazardous waste are not permitted to be burnt:

             i.        Tyres

             ii.        Green garden waste

             iii.        Plastic

             iv.        Chemical containers

             v.        Treated timber

             vi.        Other materials prescribed by legislation

 

Note:  The Fire Danger Season commences on 1 November and concludes on 15 April each year unless extended by the SA Country Fire Service – see www.cfs.org.au

For further information about permissible burning activities residents are directed to the Environment Protection Authority’s website www.epa.sa.gov.au

Information on the types of fuel reduction and fire protection works able to be undertaken by landowners in accordance with the Native Vegetation Act 1991 and Regulations 2003 is available from the Native Vegetation Group on 08 8214 4744

Native Vegetation Management

Reducing the amount of vegetation around your property is a good way to reduce the fuel a bushfire needs to burn.  There are rules to help manage bushfire risks and protect lives and property, while minimising the impacts on native vegetation, animals and their ecosystems.  To learn more about the clearing of Native Vegetation visit

http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/prepare_for_bushfire/native_vegetation_management.jsp

Other Useful Links

http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/  Your Guide to Bushfire Safety Brochure Native Vegetation Fact Sheet

http://www.mfs.sa.gov.au/ http://www.sapowernetworks.com.au/  Factsheet bushfire safety  Bushfire Prevention Activities Poster

http://www.poweratmyplace.com.au/ is a free message service which provides timely and accurate information from SA Power Networks regarding power at your property.

http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/  Native Vegetation  Native Vegetation Council

Greater Port Lincoln Bushfire Prevention Committee

The City of Port Lincoln are members of the Greater Port Lincoln Bushfire Prevention Committee, whom have prepared a bushfire prevention plan that focuses on Port Lincoln and it's immediate surrounds.To view a copy of the Plan please click here.

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