Resident ignores fire ban season

A NARACOORTE resident has been charged with lighting a fire during fire ban season in the town.

General inspector Darren Callaghan reported to Naracoorte Lucindale Council that the fire was illegally lit at a property on Pine Gr, where the resident attempted to burn long grass at the rear of the property.

The CFS along with the police were called, the fire was extinguished and charges were laid against the resident. 

Since the start of property inspections in October the general inspector/fire prevention officer has continued his focus on property inspections.

At the end of the reporting period a total of 17 "Section 105F Notices" had been sent to property owners. 

The majority of property owners had acted on the notices, but Mr Callaghan said the remainder would be issued Section 105F notices under the Fire and Emergency Services Act.

This gave the property owner 14 days to clean up their properties. If the works were not carried out a contractor would be employed to carry out the works and the cost placed against the owner's rates.

Further to this the property owner can also be expiated $315 under the FESA.

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