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Good fire prevention is really quite simple.
There must be air, fuel, temperature and a
chemical reaction to have a fire. Remove one
or more of these and the fire goes out.
There is not much we can do to alter the air
temperature or the amount of air. However
we can alter the amount, type and quantity
of fuels that are available to feed a fire.
We can remove fire hazards by picking up
fine ground fuel, fallen vegetation, noxious
and environmental weeds, and take away any
rubbish and debris that is lying around our
During a bushfire, bark, twigs and leaves create
embers which can be blown ahead and start
new fires. Embers are most likely to get into
your house through gaps in or around roofs,
windows, doors and decks. Focus on these
areas as you do repairs and maintenance.
Gaps in the roof can let in embers.
• Sarking (sheeting that doesn't burn)
can stop ember s from getting in
through your roof.
• For homes that are already built, it can
be cheaper to close gaps with a product
known as compressed mineral wool
insulation. Care must be taken to ensure
that all gaps are closed.
Open and unscreened windows are
• Embers sitting on window sills can star t
a fire so make sure there is no flaking paint.
• Put metal screens over both the
window and window frame to stop
embers touching the glass or wood.
• Sprinkler s can work well but you must
have a good water supply. Make sure
the water cover s the whole window
Open and unscreened doors and gaps
around door frames are very
dangerous. Embers sitting on door sills
and gaps around door frames also put
your house at risk.
• Wood and plastic are combustible -
this means they are ver y easy to burn.
Replace combustible door sills with a
product that is not so quick to burn.
• Put metal screen doors over wooden
door s. Metal is called non-combustible
because it is not so quick to burn.
Sprinkler s can work well, but make sure the
water covers the whole door and frame.
Embers sitting on decks are very
likely to start a fire.
• Non-combustible decking material won't
burn. Use concrete stumps, metal framing
and fire-retardant treated timber.
• If the deck is made of combustible
materials, put non-combustible material
between the deck and the house. While
this makes it less likely that a fire will
spread between the deck and the house,
all materials will burn in an extreme bushfire
Clearing of native vegetation
The Victorian Government has announced
temporar y exemptions to help landowners
reduce fuel loads around their homes as par t
of their prepar ations for the 2009/10
bushfire season. There are temporar y
exemptions to usual planning per mit
These exemptions have been introduced to
all regional, rural and selected Melbourne
Getting your property Fire Ready
The '10/30 right' is part of a suite of measures
to help Victorians in areas of risk from bushfire
be prepared for the season ahead.
Residents should seek advice from their local
CFA regarding their bushfire sur vival plans.
Advice can also be obtained from Council
about implementing a sensible balance
between providing a safer home and
maintaining vegetation on their proper ty.
In addition to vegetation management, the
ability to defend your house and proper ty
from bushfire can be influenced by a number
of factor s including:
• the preparation of your household's
bushfire sur vival plan
• house location, including the lay of the
land and surrounding land form
• the building structure and materials and
• available water supply, including tanks
and swimming pools, pumps or
10/30 right and fenceline clearing
The '10/30 right' simplifies the right to clear
vegetation around your home for bushfire
protection without obtaining a planning
permit. This includes:
1. all vegetation, including trees, within 10
metres of your house
2. all vegetation (except for trees) within
30 metres of your house.
You can also remove all vegetation either
side of your proper ty boundary fence to a
combined maximum width of four metres
without a permit.
Consulation with adjoing land owners
You can only clear native vegetation on your
proper ty if you own it. If you are renting or
want to clear vegetation on other properties
including public reser ves or roadsides, you
need the written permission of the landowner
or relevant public land manager.
Pleae consult with the adjoining landowner
in this regard.
Bushfires rely on fine fuels including leaf litter,
twigs and shr ubs on the surface to develop
speed and intensity. The 10/30 right will help
residents reduce the amount and availability
of fine fuels, reducing fire intensity and risk.
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