Total Fire Ban for Yanchep, Gingin

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A Total Fire Ban will be in place tomorrow in the City of Wanneroo and the Shire of Gingin. Picture: Anita McInnes

A TOTAL Fire Ban has been declared for Tuesday 15 November 2016 for the local government areas of Wanneroo and Gingin.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services said tomorrow any activity that could start a fire was banned.

This means you must not light or use any fires in the open air, all open fires for the purpose of cooking or camping are not allowed, hot work such as metal work, grinding, welding, soldering, gas cutting or similar is not allowed unless you have an exemption and you must not undertake any other activities that may start a fire.

The department said in the hot, dry and windy conditions if a bush or grass fire started it could be unpredictable, move very fast and be difficult for firefighters to bring under control.

Spot fires could start and move quickly and embers could come from many directions.

If you live in or near bush, high fuel loads or a forested area then you are at risk and need to take action:

  • Read through your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have one decide what you will do if a fire starts.
  • If you are not prepared to the highest level, leaving bushfire risk areas early in the day is your safest option.
  • Homes that are prepared to the highest level, have been constructed to bushfire protection levels and are actively defended may provide safety. You must be physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.

If a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban has not been implemented by your local government you are able to harvest or move vehicles across paddocks for agricultural purposes.

You could be fined up to $25,000 or jailed for 12 months or both if you ignore the Total Fire Ban.

For information on activities that can or cannot be carried out during a Total Fire Ban visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans/Pages/TotalFireBanWhatCantIDo.aspx

If the information you want is not available from the website, telephone the Total Fire Ban Information Line 1800 709 355.

This information is also available by visiting www.emergency.wa.gov.au/#totalfirebans