Restricted burn period means no more fire pits

Use of fire pits, chimineas and other similar trendy outdoor accessories are now unable to be used without a permit from your Local Fire Control Officer as the Shire of Dardanup has entered its restricted burn period.

The clear cool evenings associated with spring weather might have you thinking it is a great time to entertain outdoors around the fire pit.

But residents are warned that lighting a “fire in open air” now without a permit would be a breach of the Bush Fires Act 1954 and the Shire of Dardanup’s Fire Prevention Order. Penalties apply.

Coordinator of Emergency and Ranger Services Erin Hutchins said using an open air fire created a risk of embers setting light to neighbouring bushland and property.

“Anyone can lose their home to an ember attack. People should consider that anything a cigarette lighter can light, can also be ignited by an ember – things like seagrass or cork doormats for instance,”  Erin said.

Shire of Dardanup Chief Bushfire Control Officer Chris Hynes has set the Restricted Burn period from November 1 to December 13, 2018 and March 16 to April 26, 2019 (subject to extension).

From December 14, 2018 to March 15, 2019 is the Prohibited Burn period.

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