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Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977  052
Commenced: 1 Apr 1979; 1 Apr 1987, Forest and Rural Fires Amendment Act 1987


1 Short Title and commencement
2 Interpretation
3 Act to bind Crown
3A Delegation of powers by Minister of Forestry
3B Delegation of powers by Secretary

I: Fire Control Organisation

Rural Fire Districts and Specially Protected Property
4 Rural fire districts
5 Preliminary steps before rural fire district constituted or boundaries changed
6 Specially protected property

Fire Authorities
7 Fire Authority in rural fire districts
8 Rural fire committees
9 Fire Authority's powers in areas of urban vegetation
10 Fire Authority in county areas
11 Fire Authority in State areas
12 Duties of Fire Authorities
13 Fire Officers and other employees
14 Joint, etc., exercise of statutory fire control powers
15 Supply of apparatus and fire fighting services
16 Mutual arrangements for fire control measures
17 Forest areas

II: Fire Control Operations

Fire Prediction and Fire Control Measures
18 Obligations of Rural Fire Authorities and Ministry of Forestry in respect of fire control measures
19 Fire control measures

Control of Lighting of Fires in Open Air
20 Prohibition of fires during extreme fire hazard
21 Prohibition of certain operations during periods of extreme fire hazard
22 Restricted or prohibited fire seasons
23 Permits required to light fires in open air
24 Special permits when lighting of fires in open air prohibited

Control of Spread of Fire to State Areas, Forest Areas, and Specially Protected Property
25 Spread of fires to State areas, forest areas, and specially protected property

Miscellaneous Precautions Against Outbreaks of Fire
26 Offence to leave burning or smouldering substance
27 Fire Authority may require firebreaks to be made or cleared
28 Appeal from notice to make firebreak or escape route or remove combustible material
29 Power of Fire Authority on default of owner
30 Regulations may require maintenance of fire fighting equipment by rural fire committees
31 Restriction on operation of spark-hazardous engines
32 Restriction on entry into exotic forests, etc.
33 Maintenance of apparatus by persons cutting timber
34 Duties of licensees, etc., of State areas

Fire Suppression
35 Duty of persons in vicinity to endeavour to extinguish fires
36 Powers of Principal Fire Officers at fires
37 Police to assist Fire Officers
38 Requisition by Fire Officer of assistance to extinguish fires
39 Regional fire emergency
40 Backburning

III: Fire Control Finance
41 Liability for costs
42 Charge for use of another fire brigade
43 Recovery from person responsible for fire
44 Estimate of proposed expenditure
45 Provisions for meeting ordinary requirements of the Fire Authority of a rural fire district
46 Levy for costs of fire fighting in districts other than State areas
47 untitled record
48 Imposition of levies, and recovery of levies and other money
49 Appeals against levies and determinations
50 Expenditure by territorial authorities
51 Payment of fire control costs
52 Appeal against apportionment of fire-fighting costs in regional fire emergency
53 Right of recovery in certain cases
54 Fire Authority may borrow money

IV: General Provisions
55 Damage in fire fighting to be damage by fire within meaning of fire policy
56 Saving of Fire Authorities and Fire Officers, etc., from liability in certain cases
57 No action against Fire Authority for failure to provide against fire
58 Inspections for purposes of Act
59 Inquiries as to fires
60 Measures by local authorities and public bodies to remove certain fire hazards
61 Offences
62 Time within which information may be laid
63 Notices
64 Rural Fire Mediators
65 Appeals from decision of Rural Fire Mediator
66 Annual report
67 Regulations
68 Reserve powers of Minister of Forestry
69 Consequential amendments
70 Repeals

Amending Act/Rule(s)

1 The Forest and Rural Fires Amendment Act 1987

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