Warning on Fire Conditions

Goldfields Affected

21 December 2017

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services have declared a total fire ban for several parts of the Goldfields today. This Includes the following locations in our district:

Goldfields Midlands Region:

  • Coolgardie - All Day
  • Dundas - All Day
  • Kalgoorlie Boulder - All Day
  • Laverton - All Day
  • Leonora - All Day
  • Menzies - All Day
  • Mount Marshall - All Day
  • Mukinbudin - All Day
  • Westonia - All Day
  • Yilgarn - All Day

At these times you 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.

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

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

Current Total Fire Bans are also available by visiting www.emergency.wa.gov.au/#totalfirebans

There is also a Severe Fire Danger as well 

Severe fire danger advice for Goldfields Midlands region

A Severe Fire Danger Rating has been forecast for the Goldfields Midlands region.

This includes:

  • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder - western part
  • Shire of Coolgardie
  • Shire of Dundas - western part
  • Shire of Laverton - south western corner
  • Shire of Leonora
  • Shire of Menzies - central part
  • Shire of Sandstone - part adjacent to Leonora Shire
  • Shire of Wiluna - south western corner
  • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder - eastern part
  • Shire of Dundas - eastern part

These are very hot, dry and windy conditions for a bush or grass fire.

If a fire starts and takes hold:

  • It will be unpredictable, move very fast and difficult for firefighters to bring under control.
  • Spot fires will start and move quickly. Embers may 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.

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.  

With thanks DFES

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