Total fire ban includes Wanneroo and Gingin

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On a total fire ban day people are not allowed to fire up a wood or charcoal barbecue, use a wood-fired pizza oven or driving a vehicle in a fire-prone area. File picture

A TOTAL fire ban for the metropolitan area including the City of Wanneroo as well as the Shire of Gingin is in place today, Saturday, November 9.

On a total fire ban day people are not allowed to light an open-air fire or conduct any activity that could start a fire.

This includes lighting a campfire, using a welder, grinder or incinerator, conducting a burn-off, burning leaves and garden waste, firing up a wood or charcoal barbecue, using a wood-fired pizza oven, driving a vehicle in fire-prone areas and more.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) sets total fire bans based on weather conditions and firefighting capability.

A total fire ban is a prevention measure to warn people that adverse fire weather is predicted for that day so they should be careful not to engage in activities which may cause a fire to start.

When DFES declares a total fire ban it uses the whole local government boundary.

Meanwhile, at 10.10am November 9 a DFES spokeswoman said an update on the Regan’s Ford bushfire, which started near the northern part of the Shire of Gingin was being prepared and should be available by 11am.

So far the cause of the bushfire, which has burnt 420ha is unknown.

Yesterday evening the bushfire was downgraded to an advice as it was contained and controlled.

Authorities started advising people yesterday of the need to prepare for the possibility of significant bushfires on the weekend, with high temperatures and strong winds likely to create dangerous fire conditions in the southern half of the state, including Perth.

They said if temperatures in Perth reach the predicted maximum today, it will be the earliest occurrence of a 40-degree day in November since records started.

For more information visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans/