City of Swan extends burning restrictions because of bushfire risk

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CITY of Swan has extended restrictions on burning off because of unseasonable weather conditions causing a bushfire risk.

The restricted burning dates have been extended until June 14, with all burning prohibited without a burning permit.

Swan chief executive Mike Foley said burning dates had been adjusted due to dry conditions.

“Despite last week’s rain, this position is being maintained due to residual dryness. This decision is consistent with our neighbouring local governments,” he said.

The comments follow devastating bushfires in the Albany area last week, which started by burning on private land and were exacerbated by unusual weather conditions.

Burning without a permit carries a $250 penalty and court imposed penalties can be upwards of $10,000.

Mr Foley said there were serious risks associated with burning on private land.

“Lighting fires on your property can be extremely dangerous, which is why set parameters around when you can and cannot burn,” he said.

“It is essential that our residents comply with the restricted burning periods for the safety of our whole community.”

For more information on the bush fire season, burning restrictions and total bans, visit the City’s website www.swan.wa.gov.au/fire.

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