The brigade is always pro-active in encouraging Hazard Reduction Burns (HRB) during the off-season (normally May-Sept.) to reduce fire risks over the summer.
It is always advisable to conduct HRB during the autumn or start of winter. This is to ensure:
1. Winter rains should usually extinguish any smouldering bits of vegetation.
2. The bush has time to recover before the hot windy summer months.
Through experience we have found by doing it at this time of year the native flora comes back well; especially with a “cool burn” which cleans up under grass trees and helps with the germination of wildflowers and other native vegetation. It is not advisable to conduct the burn in spring as every bit of burning vegetation has to be extinguished to avoid dangerous flare ups over summer. It has been known for a fire to stay dormant, deep in a root system or trunk of an old tree, and flare up weeks or even months later and start a wildfire.
The Brigade can conduct burns for private land owners, but we do charge a fee of $100/hr/fire truck. So if all three fire trucks attend it is $300/hr. The total cost will be estimated on consultation pending size and duration of the burn. The burn is also dependant on availability of volunteer members and suitable weather conditions.
The fee collected for the burn helps pay for equipment and training for the Brigade which is always appreciated and helps the Brigade keep the Yallingup community safe over the dangerous summer months.
Landowners can conduct HRB themselves if they feel safe and confident to do so. A 900 litre firefighting trailer can be hired at a fee of $50/day. The trailer must be filled with water and fuel on return.
The Brigade offers consultancy from the Senior Officers, the local Fire Control Officers (FCOs) and Captain. The consultation carries no charge as we are here to help and encourage landowners. For further questions or queries contact FCO Mark Fisher 0419 945 348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Captain Matt Muir 0408 745 558, email email@example.com
The information above applies to the months that don’t require a Permit To Burn. Visit the City Of Busselton website here for details on when a permit is required. Burning Permits are required at least until 26 May, 2017.