Time to clear fire hazards

As the weather warms up, Burnie City Council would like to remind owners and occupiers of vacant land within the Burnie region to clear fire hazards from their properties.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “It is nice to have the warmer weather, but with the heat brings more fire risks. However there are some easy ways to help minimise this risk.”

Hazard reduction for average urban blocks (2000 square metres or less) involves cutting all grasses, brambles, scrub and undergrowth so that it’s no higher than 100mm.

For larger blocks, a fire break of a minimum three metres and up to 20 metres wide, depending on your property size and location, is required around the property boundaries. It should be noted this does not require or include the removal of trees and care should be taken to preserve these.

“Council encourages vacant property owners to clear long grass and undergrowth before it becomes a fire hazard,” Mayor Kons said.

Neglecting this problem could cause serious risk or damage to your property and to those of your neighbours and may even threaten lives.

For further information on this matter please contact Council on 64305 700.

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ljowett@burnie.net