A Total Fire Ban is declared when a fire is likely to spread rapidly or if widespread fires are already burning and firefighting resources are stretched.

What is a Total Fire Ban?

A Total Fire Ban (TFB) is declared on days when fires are most likely to threaten lives and property. This is because of predicted extreme fire weather or when there are already widespread fires and firefighting resources are stretched.

Occasionally TFBs may be declared outside of a fire season (such as in May or June) due to other factors such as higher temperatures and expected strong winds preceding a storm front.

On a Total Fire Ban day, it is illegal to light an open-air fire or conduct any activity that could start a fire. You can find the full list of prohibited activities below. Some of these activities are prescribed in the Bush Fires Regulations 1954 meaning they can be carried out during a TFB, providing you comply with the conditions listed here.

Businesses, public authorities or industries may be given an exemption for activities not prescribed in the Regulations, as long as conditions are met to ensure the activity does not start a fire. You can find more information about exemptions below.

What you need to know about Total Fire Bans

You can view all declared bans on the Emergency WA website.

What are the penalties for breaching a Total Fire Ban?

You could receive an infringement of $1,000 by police, local government or DFES for breaching a Total Fire Ban. Upon conviction, you could receive a fine of $25,000 and/or be jailed for 12 months.

If you see someone acting in a manner that breaches a TFB, contact the relevant local government authority directly. If the behaviour is related to arson, report this to police immediately, if it is an emergency, i.e. has caused a fire, call 000.

Total Fire Ban Frequently Asked Questions

When a Total Fire Ban is in place, it’s important to be aware of what you can and can’t do. Here’s a list of FAQs to help you understand the rules during a TFB.

Total Fire Ban Prescribed Activities – Online Notification Form

An exemption is no longer required for certain activities carried out by business, industry and public authorities as they are now prescribed in the regulations.

In order to conduct any of the following activities during a Total Fire Ban (TFB), there are specific conditions which need to be complied with.

Before conducting any of the below activities during a Total Fire Ban, DFES and the relevant local government must be notified via this Online Notification Form at least 30 minutes prior to the activity commencing.

If the activity is occurring within 3 kilometres from land managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service, the respective local District or Regional Duty Officer from Parks and Wildlife must be notified at least 30 minutes prior to the activity commencing.

You can find more information on the recent changes to TFB exemptions here.

Exemptions during Total Fire Bans & Restricted and Prohibited Burning Periods

Total Fire Ban exemptions are required for any activity not prescribed in the Bush Fires Regulations 1954 which could cause or is likely to cause a fire. These activities include fireworks, programmed hot fire training, rail grinding, and religious and cultural ceremonies.

Exemptions during Total Fire Bans
Activities that can be carried out without a TFB exemption
How to get an exemption

How do I check if there’s a Total Fire Ban in place?

Call TFB Hotline on 1800 709 355
Call 13 DFES (133 337)
Follow DFES on Facebook or Twitter
Listen to ABC local radio and other media outlets


View all DFES publications

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