SHIRE of MUNDARING NOTICE TO RESIDENTS

BURNING PROHIBITED FROM 7th NOVEMBER 2015


From Saturday 7 November, burning of garden refuse will be prohibited for the remainder of the Restricted Burning Period.

This means residents have until 11pm on Friday 6 November to burn garden refuse under the requirements of the Restricted Burning Period.

Extremely dry conditions have contributed to an increase in the re-ignition of fires and the threat to properties and our community.

Under the Bush Fires Act 1954, a Local Government can prohibit burning during the Restricted Burning Period (1 October to 30 November). This is the first time the Shire has implemented such a ban; it is deemed necessary as the safety of our community is paramount.

 

Firebreak and Fuel Load Notice

All firebreaks and fuel load requirements are to be in place by 1 November. The Shire’s ban will come into effect at 00.01am on Saturday 7 November.

We ask residents to exercise extreme caution if burning before this date, making sure each pile is fully extinguished with water.

All residents have free access to the Shire’s Waste Transfer Stations to dispose of green waste. We encourage residents to continue to minimise fuel loads using this method.

 

Keetch Byram Drought Index  (KBDI)

The KBDI is a numerical value reflecting the dryness of the top layer of soils, deep forest litter, logs and living vegetation. It is measured by the Bureau of Meteorology and represents the amount of rainfall (in millimetres) required to return the soil to saturation.

As of 27 October, the KBDI for the Shire was 90 points. It is expected by the end of next week the Shire will be at 100 points which is conducive to crown fires commencing. The KBDI for neighbouring areas is around 70 points.

BUSHFIRE RISKS & DANGERS

BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE

Bushfires happen every summer; the can start suddenly and without warning. If you live in or near bushland you need to understand the risks and dangers that  bushfires cause.

Remember that flames are not the only risk you face in a bushfire.

Download and read your Bushfire Risks and Dangers fact sheet - Here

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DFES JULY THEME

Emergency Kits

HOUSEHOLD EMERGENCY KITS

Western Australia (WA) is a vast state with a wonderful climate and lifestyle.

However, natural hazards such as bushfire, storm, cyclone and flood are an inevitable part of our WA landscape.

Natural hazards can be swift and unpredictable often impacting the community with devastating consequences.

Having an emergency kit is an important step to prepare and protect your household for unforeseen events.

Domestic pets need to be prepared for emergencies too. If you are a pet owner consider having a plan for you pets too and prepare a pet emergency kit.

Download & Read Your Emergency Kit Facts Sheet - HERE

 

 

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What can't I do on a Total Fire Ban day?

During a Total Fire Ban you are not allowed to light, maintain or use a fire in the open air, or to carry out any activity in the open air that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.

For ALL your Q & A Follow this link...

http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans/Pages/TotalFireBanWhatCantIDo.aspx

Remember any sign of smoke ring 000

Report any suspicious activity especially around your local bush tracks and bridle trails.

PREPARE, ACT, SURVIVE...   Stay safe this weekend folks!

From Glen Forrest Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.

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RESTICTED BURNING PERIOD

RESTRICTED BURNING PERIOD!

FROM 1ST OCTOBER to 30TH NOVEMBER 2014

Permits to burn are required for all burning during this period.

Small amounts of garden refuse may be burnt without a permit after 6pm.

See conditions under Burning Garden Refuse in your Shire Burning Booklet.

This was sent with your rates or pick up one from the Shire of Mundaring.

GLEN FORREST VBFB OPEN DAY!

OUR OPEN DAY, EVERYONE WELCOME!

Date: 23rd NOVEMBER 2013

Start: 1000hrs - Finish: 1400hrs

Bring the family, children welcome, visit your local brigade, meet all the firefighters, see the vehicles,.

  • For the children or young at heart there will be Face Painting, Dress Ups in Fire Uniform for Photos.
  • Water Squirt at targets.
  • For the Adults there's video presentations.
  • Information and Presentation Tables for the Brigade (Volunteering) and Burning Advice.
  • Sausage Sizzle and Refreshments.

Come along and tour your local fire station, ask questions or even join!

Our meeting room displays the history of the brigade, of times gone by..... Do you remember this beast?

Blitz Tanker

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GFVBFB Elects 2013 Operational & Non Operational Members

OPERATIONAL:

Fire Control Officer - Paul Sully,  Captain - Ben Avery,  Lieutenant Crew 1 - Ben Avery,  Lieutenant Crew 2 - Phil Johnson,  Lieutenant Crew 3 - Stephen Wade,  Lieutenant Crew 4 - Eva Thomson,  Training Officer - Kevin Oxford,  Equipment Officer - Peter Talbot,  Hydrant Officer - Tony Foot

NON OPERATIONAL:

Management Committee - D Griffiths, P Talbot, Building Officer - J Thomson, Environment Officer - T Hogarth, Publications/Marketing - L Buurman, Social Officer - D McGillivray.

PERMIT ISSUING OFFICERS:

P Sully, B Avery, E Thomson, S Wade, P Johnson, D Mcgillivray, K Oxford, P Talbot, D Griffiths and S Woods.

 Congratulations to all elected!

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2012 - 2013 GFVBFB BRIGADE YEARLY ROUND UP

SUMMARY OF YOUR GLEN FORREST BRIGADES COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 2012 - 2013

  • We attended 42 fires doing 775 hours of fire fighting as a brigade.
  • Our callouts were not just fire calls we also assisted with storm damage and a missing person.
  • We did 19 hazard reduction burns total area of 22 hectares and 710 hours.
  • We were on station for 780 hours totalling 2265 hours for brigade activities.

THANK YOU TO ALL BRIGADE MEMBERS FOR YOUR COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION AND GREAT EFFORTS THIS PAST YEAR.

FCO:  P. Sully

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BUSH FIRE PATROL

Schools bushfire program a WA first

An online education program that helps children understand bushfires and the danger they pose has been launched today in a first for Western Australian schools.

Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the program, ‘Bushfire Patrol’, had been developed to provide teachers with an interactive way of teaching students about fire weather conditions, bushfire behaviour, bushfire protection and bushfire warnings.

“Dealing with bushfires is a critical part of living in Western Australia so it’s appropriate that it is taught in our classrooms from a young age,” Mr Francis said.

Mr Francis said the program was based on national research on bushfire education, and incorporated advice from local firefighters and teachers in high bushfire risk areas.

Education Minister Peter Collier said it was pleasing to see new ways of teaching children to better understand the threat of natural disasters, and schools being proactive in preparing for bushfire.

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 ·      Bushfire Patrol is available online at http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/bushfirepatrol and targets primary school aged children who live in the south-west of WA

·       The program is part of a comprehensive education package developed by DFES on bushfire and other natural hazards including floods and cyclones, which is aligned to the national science curriculum.

Further web-based programs are planned for northern WA on bushfires, severe storms, tsunamis and earthquakes.

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