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Total fire ban and severe fire danger advice issued by DFES

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has issued a Total Fire Ban and a Severe Fire Danger Rating all day on Thursday June 6 for those in the Midwest Gascoyne, Perth Metropolitan and the South West.

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

For 24 hours on Thursday the public must not

  • Light, maintain or use a fire in the open air
  • Carry out any activity that could start a fire

This includes: 

  • 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.

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.

The weather has created very hot, dry and windy conditions for a bush or grass fire. 

If a fire starts and takes hold it’s believed it will be it will be unpredictable, move very fast and be difficult for firefighters to bring under control.

Spot fires will also start and move very quickly with embers coming 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.

To find out what the Fire Danger Rating means to you visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or call 9395 9300 during normal office hours.   

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reek's interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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