A Total Fire Ban is imposed as a risk based prevention measure to restrict activities and reduce the likelihood of ignition in bushland/vegetation and increase awareness in the wider community on the day the ban is declared.
Check the Emergency WA website for current status and after 4pm to see if a ban has been declared for the next day.
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A PROPERTY OWNER OR RESIDENT TO BE AWARE OF ANY BANS IN PLACE.
Total Fire Bans affect everyone, whether you live near bush or in a built up area. Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) warn you of a day of predicted adverse fire weather. On these days lighting of open air fires or any other activity in the open air that is likely to cause a fire is banned. All
Fire Permits are revoked.
Total Fire Bans relate to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), they are the agency that declares these through the Minister. There
are a number of activities that you cannot do on a Total Fire Ban day
REMINDER: Walliston Transfer Station is closed during a Total Fire Ban or Harvest & Vehicle Movement Ban
Fire Danger Rating (FDR) tells you how dangerous a fire would be if one started. The higher the FDR, the more severe the bushfire is expected to be.
Fire Danger Ratings can be checked 24/7 via the EmergencyWA website.
Fire Danger Ratings are updated regularly and it is your responsibility to check for any bans that have been declared for your area.
There are four levels of fire danger:
A Total Fire Ban (TFB) is declared by the Minister for Emergency Services through the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) on days of extreme weather or when widespread fires are seriously stretching firefighting resources. Total Fire Ban can be declared at any time of the year.
Total Fire Bans affect everyone, whether you live near the bush or in built up urban areas. It is important to check daily for any Total Fire Bans declared for your area.
It is illegal to light an open-air fire or carry out any activity that causes or is likely to cause a fire.
Find detailed information via https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans/
Keep updated - bans are assessed throughout the day and may be revoked or extended depending on conditions.
Find more via https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans/
DFES have the ability to provide exemptions for businesses, public authorities or industries not prescribed in the Bush Fires Regulations 1954. Conditions apply and must be followed to ensure the risk of a fire starting does not occur. Find out more via https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans/#exemptions
The penalty for breaching a Total Fire Ban can be an on the spot fine of $1000 by police, local government of DFES or upon conviction a maximum penalty of $25,000 and/or jail.
If you see someone acting in a manner that may be breaching the Total Fire Ban conditions you can report it to:
1 Residents are advised the City's SMS System is a supplementary service only. This service should not be relied upon for emergency planning or in the place of emergency broadcasts. Residents are still responsible for ensuring they remain up-to-date on all fire danger ratings and bushfire emergencies, restrictions and alerts.
Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans are declared by the Chief Bushfire Control Officer (CBFCO) and may be issued in conjunction with a Total Fire Ban prohibiting the use and movement of engines, vehicles, plant, or machinery.
The following applies during a Harvest and Vehicle Ban, in accordance to regulation 38A of the Bush Fires Act (Restricted and Prohibited Burning Times)::
ACTIVITIES NOT PERMITTED
It is your responsibility as a property owner or resident to be aware of any bans in place before undertaking an agricultural activity including harvesting as you could be fined for breaching a ban. The responsibility remains on the individual to ensure
any activity underway is not likely to commence a fire and a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban is currently not in place in their local government district.
A Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban is generally issued for any period of time in the day. The ban is assessed throughout the day and may be revoked or extended depending on local conditions.
The ban will also be imposed if the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer is satisfied that the Bushfire Fire Behaviour Index (FBI) for the area is or exceeds 50+. Individual local governments are responsible for issuing a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban under the Bush Fires Regulations 1954 Section 38A, and/or Section 24C.
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Whadjuk Noongar People as the Custodians of this land. We also pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past, present and future who have and continue to reside in the area and have been an integral part of the history of this region.