Fences and walls
Fences and garden walls can protect against the four main modes of bushfire attack (embers, heat, flame, and wind). If possible, consider installing a solid, non-combustible fence to screen the house and garden from bushfire attack. If you have an existing fence, keep the area around the fence clear of combustible materials.
- Keep fences clear of overhanding trees and shrubs, and free of vines and other creeping plants.
- If possible, use solid non-combustible materials, such as brick, stone, concrete or galvanised iron.
- Timber fences should be treated using an appropriate fire retardant.
- Fences and walls can be sited to protect people and buildings from bushfire (see Screen plantings). Similar principles apply to both natural and artificial barriers.
- Timber fences should be sited away from vulnerable building elements, such as windows, doors, decks and eaves. All timbers can burn under intense bushfire conditions.
- Do not store garden waste or combustible mulches next to fences.
- If possible, avoid combustible building materials, such as timber and brushwood – timber fencing can ignite and spread fire to other parts of the property.
- Avoid porous designs such as chain linked fences and gapped picket-fences. This style of fence is ineffective as a barrier and may restrict movement.
Non-combustible garden walls can protect against bushfire attack (source: Kinek00/Shutterstock)