Total Fire Bans

Total Fire Bans are declared by the Department of Fire & Emergency Service (DFES) under the following circumstances:

  • Severe weather conditions are forecast, or when widespread fires mean they don’t have the resources to fight more.
  • The lighting of open-air fires or any other activity in the open air that is likely to cause a fire.
  • When fire weather conditions are most likely to threaten lives and property or when a fire is already underway and firefighting resources are committed.

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Prohibited Activities during a Total Fire Ban

When a Total Fire Ban has been declared, it is illegal to carry out any activity that is likely to cause a fire including but not limited to:

  • Driving a vehicle (4WD, motorbike or quad bike) in the bush or a paddock (off-road) where the vehicle will be in contact with vegetation. You can only use a vehicle on a road, track or in an area which has been sufficiently cleared of flammable material.
  • Using barbeques or pizza ovens that burn solid fuel.
  • Using welders or grinders outside
  • Using equipment powered by an internal combustion engine in area with vegetation.

Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au  to see a full list of what you can and can’t do in a Total Fire Ban

How do I know if a Total Fire Ban has been declared?

It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure a fire ban is not in place before undertaking activities that are likely to cause a fire.

  • Check the Emergency WA Website - www.emergency.wa.gov.au
  • Call the Total Fire Ban 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

What you need to know about Total Fire Bans

  • TFBs are announced either in the afternoon, the day before, or on the actual day.
  • TFBs usually start at midnight and last for 24 hours.
  • TFBs affect farmers, campers, construction workers and residents (urban and rural).
  • The need for the ban is assessed throughout the day and may be cancelled depending on conditions.
  • Exemptions can be granted for some industries and activities.
  • Any burning permits held by residents or landowners are fully suspended until the ban is over.