Landowners in the Shire of Manjimup are being reminded to take responsibility of their fire control ahead of the upcoming bushfire season. Manjimup Shire Council issued a reminder this week to reiterate the importance of everyone taking fire control on their property seriously at this time of the year. Shire president Paul Omodei said people needed to be fully aware of their responsibilities. “Preparing your property to the standards set within the Shire of Manjimup’s Firebreak and Fuel Hazard Reduction Notice is a legal obligation and land-owners and tenants need to read, understand and familiarise themselves with the notice,” he said. “Land owners are required to reduce the risk of bushfire on their property thereby giving the local Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, themselves and neighbouring property-owners a safe environment and reducing the impact that fire can have on the community.” Manjimup, Pemberton and Quinninup all fall into Zone 8, which needs to have met its fire control requirements by December 11. Zone 6, which includes Northcliffe and Walpole, must have its requirements carried out by December 18. The council also reminded land owners to have work on their property completed by these dates to avoid the possibility of infringements, which could cost thousands of dollars, from Shire rangers who inspected properties after the requirement dates. Anyone who has not received their notice can either contact the council or download it via the website.