Planning to use your wood fired barbeque or go camping this weekend? Be sure to check whether a Total Fire Ban has been declared.
Total Fire Bans are issued on days like today when weather conditions would make fires difficult to control or when there are a number of fires burning across the state, stretching firefighting resources.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Assistant Commissioner Brad Stringer said ignoring a Total Fire Ban could result in devastating consequences.
“If a fire breaks out on a hot, windy day it could be very hard to bring under control, putting emergency services under pressure and lives and property at risk,” Assistant Commissioner Stringer said.
“A Total Fire Ban means you are not allowed to light fires in open areas, such as campfires, or carry out any activities that could start a fire such as welding or grinding.”
“Total Fire Bans are declared in consultation with the Bureau of Meteorology and Local Governments, taking into consideration the weather forecast, available firefighting resources, number of days without rain and the amount of vegetation that could burn during a fire.”
Tough penalties apply for ignoring a Total Fire Ban, with fines up to $25,000 and/or 12 months jail.
“DFES is prepared for the bushfire season, but we need everyone to play their part to protect themselves and their property this summer,” Assistant Commissioner Stringer added.
Keep informed of Total Fire Bans by:
• visiting the DFES website at www.dfes.wa.gov.au
• calling the Total Fire Ban information line on 1800 709 355
• listening to ABC local radio and other media outlets
• viewing roadside Fire Danger Rating signs
• subscribing to RSS feeds or following DFES on twitter www.twitter.com/dfes_wa
Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9225 5955