The Fire and Emergency Services Authority has launched a new Total Fire Ban Information Line to assist the community over summer.
A Total Fire Ban is declared on days when fires are most likely to threaten lives and property.
When a Total Fire Ban is declared it is prohibited to light fires in the open air, or to perform any activity that may start a fire.
FESA Acting Chief Operations Officer Lloyd Bailey said Total Fire Bans were an important prevention measure that everyone needed to be aware of in order to reduce the risk of bushfires.
“With Total Fire Bans in only their third year in WA, it’s important that everyone knows what they can and can’t do when one is declared,” Mr Bailey said.
“Members of the community can call the new information line – 1800 709 355 – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and speak to someone who can answer their questions.”
In early December, legislative changes came into effect making it easier for farmers to continue farming activities on Total Fire Ban days, without increasing the bushfire risk.
Under the new laws, agricultural activities such as harvesting, moving livestock and servicing farm machinery can continue during a Total Fire Ban, until local government declares a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban.
Certain activities such as grinding, welding or operating an oxytorch in the open air are still not permitted during a Total Fire Ban.
For more information on Total Fire Bans click here or call the Total Fire Ban Information Line on 1800 709 355.
For more information on Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans contact your Local Government office.