Owners flare share on prescribed burns

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These comprise 18 prescribed burns vested with the City and 11 private property prescribed burns.

‘Prescribed burns form part of the brigade’s core operations. Operation costs are covered in the City’s budget under the law, order and public safety program,’ Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

The comments came after the City received a letter from a Carramar resident concerned the private property burns were done at ratepayers’ expense.

‘The recent prescribed burn on Golf Links Drive consisted of burning five heaps of fuel and there was no running fire,’ Mrs Roberts said.

‘The land is private property and a fee was donated to the local bush fire brigade, via the City, for the service.

‘Donations are calculated depending on the complexity of the burn and duration to complete.’

The mayor said private burns provided funds used to purchase equipment and materials for the local brigades.

‘As a rule, the City does not carry out other private burns unless the land has been identified as being ‘at risk’ via a risk assessment process,’ she said.

Residents will continue to be notified through the usual channels for further prescribed burns or if they will be impacted by smoke.

Firefighters will fundraise at the Wanneroo Agricultural Show on November 28 and 29.