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What is a Total Fire Ban?

A Total Fire Ban (TFB) is declared on days of extreme weather or when widespread fires are seriously stretching firefighting resources.

The need for the ban is assessed throughout the day and the ban may be revoked if weather conditions ease.

A Total Fire Ban is declared the evening before it is to take effect. You should check the Emergency WA website after 6pm to see if a ban has been declared for the next day. A Total Fire Ban is declared the evening before it is to take effect. You should check the Emergency WA website after 6pm to see if a ban is declared for the next day, or call the TFB hotline on 1800 709 355.

When a TFB is declared it prohibits the lighting of any fires in the open air and any other activities that may start a fire.

The ban includes all open air fires for the purpose of cooking or camping. It also includes incinerators, welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting.

Some activities and their conditions are now prescribed in the Bush Fires Regulations 1954 and can be carried out by industry, business and public authorities during a TFB as long as certain conditions are adhered to. For information regarding the prescribed activities and conditions, please see the TFB Prescribed Activities Online Notification page.

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