Starting suddenly and without warning, fires can have a devastating impact on your community.
In order to protect its residents, the City of Canning works hard to make sure fires are prevented throughout properties, homes and on bushland.
Annual Fire Hazard Reduction Notice
Under the provisions of the Bush Fires Act 1954, as a measure for preventing the outbreak of fire, or for preventing the spread or extension of a fire, the City requires all owners and occupiers of land to comply with the Annual Fire Hazard Reduction Notice all year round. Click here to download the Annual Fire Hazard Reduction Notice.
The City of Canning advises property owners by way of advertising in the local newspaper, website and mailing of the Annual Hazard Reduction Notice with the annual residential rates notice. Penalties for non-compliance apply.
Firebreak and fire hazard inspections
Firebreak and fire hazard inspections are conducted by authorised fire control officers to ensure compliance with the City’s Annual Fire Hazard Reduction Notice. The City of Canning is working towards ensuring all owners and occupiers of land within the district complete and maintain adequate fire hazard reduction measures. For additional information, call the City’s Ranger and Community Safety Services on 1300 422 664.
Click here to see contractors who may be willing to assist landowners to comply with the Fire Hazard Reduction Notice. The City does not warrant or guarantee the standard of works performed by the above contractors.
Permits to burn
For more information, download an Application for Permit to Burn.
Fire hazard reduction in bush forever sites
The City of Canning, in association with Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has fire management plans for each of its six Bush Forever areas. Bush Forever is the strategic plan for the conservation of bushland on the Swan Coastal Plain that will help conserve our biological diversity. It is a world-class plan in Australia’s only global biodiversity hotspot. Bush Forever environments provide protection for remnant vegetation and provide important habitat for wildlife. The City undertakes annual fire mitigation works to reduce the potential fire hazard in these areas.
This program includes:
- Installation and maintenance of firebreaks;
- The control of weeds;
- Slashing and mowing;
- Selective tree and canopy pruning.
Visit the Bush Forever page and Conservation and Environment websites for more information.
Living near bushland
In addition to complying with the requirements of the Fire Hazard Reduction Notice, residents living near bushland are encouraged to take further actions to reduce the risk of fire to their home. This includes implementing a Building Protection Zone (BPZ) around your home. Because, the more you prepare your property the better the chance it will survive a bushfire, even if you are not there.
Bush fire prone zones
Bush fire prone zones are areas identified by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services commissioner as being subject or likely to be subject to a bush fire attack. A bush fire prone zone is identified by the presence of, and proximity to, bush fire prone vegetation. If you live in a designated bush fire prone zone, you may be subject to additional planning and construction requirements. Visit this link to see if you live in a bush fire prone zone.
Total fire ban
A total fire ban may be declared by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services because of extreme weather conditions or when widespread fires are seriously stretching firefighting resources. When a Total Fire Ban is declared, it prohibits the lighting of any fires in the open air and any other activities that may start a fire.
What is a fire danger rating?
The fire danger rating is based on the forecast weather conditions and gives your advice about the level of bushfire threat on a particular day.