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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Fire Management

Firefighters in the bush

Bushfire is a part of the natural landscape in Australia. Due to the small size of bushland remnants within the Hunters Hill Local Government Area, any major fire hazard would most likely travel along fire paths outside the Local Government area such as Lane Cove National Park. Such a hazard would only be likely to occur in extreme bushfire conditions. However Council has identified Fire Hazard areas within Hunters Hill. Council carries out hazard reduction burns in accordance with the Hunters Hill Lane Cove/Ryde/Willoughby District Bush Fire Risk Management Plan.

The Bush Fire Risk Management Plan (BFRMP) covers the whole of the Hunters Hill, Ryde, Lane Cove, Willoughby area including private land. It includes information about the local area and specifies works to be done to manage bush fire risk in the area.

A hazard complaint can be made by anyone to the Hazard Management Section of the NSW Rural Fire Service in the following ways:

Mail directly to: NSW Rural Fire Service, Hazard Management, Locked Bag 17, GRANVILLE NSW 2142 or,

Email to: hazard.complaints@rfs.nsw.gov.au or,

Submit online: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au see link below and follow the links: For the Community, Bush Fire Hazards, and reporting Bush Fire Hazards.

Frequently asked questions

Who carries out hazard reduction burns?

Council and the NSW Fire Brigade plan and prepare hazard reduction burns in the Hunters Hill LGA. The burns are carried out by the NSW Fire Brigade, and in some areas they are assisted by the Community Fire Unit.

Can I burn dead vegetation piles on my property?

The NSW Fire Brigade no longer conducts pile burns on behalf of private landowners unless requested by Council or a Government agency. In Hunters Hill all dead vegetation must be disposed of in the GREEN WASTE BIN.
Dumping in bushland is an offence and increases the fire hazard.

How do I prepare my property in times of bushfire?

Your house:

  • Keep gutters free of leaves, twigs and bark
  • Keep combustible materials well away from the house eg. timber furniture, chemicals, cut wood, hanging baskets.
  • Connect heat resistant hoses that will reach all sides of the house. If possible install a roof sprinkler system and pool pump.
  • Install a rainwater tank.
  • Fit wire and shutter screens to windows, doors and vents.
  • Remove fibre doormats and enclose underfloor areas.

Your garden:

  • Use Council’s GREEN waste collection services to eliminate unwanted vegetation.
  • Never dump garden waste into the bushland reserves as this creates extra fuel for fire.
  • Clear ground fuels such as dead leaves, sticks and palm fronds away away from the house. Branches thicker than your arm are not considered hazardous.
  • If you have concerns about tree branches overhanging your house, contact council’s tree preservation Officer for advice.
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