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The Heat Is On This Australia Day

Latest warnings on the heat

The Heat Is On This Australia Day

Australia Day is certainly a warm one right around regional Western Australia today.

Expected temperatures around the South West and South Coast have been smashed with the predicted early cool change not hitting as it was meant to.

Meanwhile, a bushfire is currently keeping firefighters busy in the Avon Valley.

They should be at home with their loved ones on this public holiday, but are instead risking their lives to help others.

Here's the latest information on the fire dangers, total fire bans and harvest bans for today.

HARVEST BANS

The following shires have implemented Harvest Bans for Thursday January 26 2017.

If your shire has imposed a Harvest Ban and is not on the list, contact us here.

  • Northam (all day)
  • Bruce Rock (all day)
  • Merredin (all day)
  • Katanning (until further notice)
  • Boddington (until 5pm)
  • Williams (until further notice)
  • Broomehill-Tambellup (until 5:30pm)
FIRE DANGERS

Severe Fire Dangers have been forecast on Thursday January 26 2017 for the following districts

  • Stirling Inland
  • Beaufort
  • Nelson
  • Lower West Inland
  • Coastal Central West - South
  • Coastal Central West - North
  • Inland Central West - South
  • Gascoyne Inland

Extreme Fire Dangers have been forecast on Thursday January 26 2017 for the following districts

  • Gascoyne Coast
TOTAL FIRE BANS

Total Fire Bans have been implemented on Thursday January 26 2017 until 7pm for the following districts

  • Gingin
  • Chittering
  • Toodyay
  • Swan
  • Mundaring
  • Kalamunda
  • Gosnells
  • Armadale
  • Serpentine-Jarrahdale
  • Murray
  • Waroona

Total Fire Bans have been implemented on Thursday January 26 2017 until midnight for the following districts

  • Harvey
  • Dardanup
  • Collie
  • Donnybrook-Balingup
  • Boyup Brook
  • Bridgetown-Greenbushes

A Total Fire Ban is declared because of extreme weather conditions or when widespread fires are seriously stretching firefighting resources. These are declared by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services following consultation with local governments.

When 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.

Exemptions may be allowed for some industries and activities with conditions applied.

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