Total Fire Ban Issued For Tuesday Around The Goldfields

Big fines if ignored

27 November 2017

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Total Fire Bans have been implemented for the following areas for Tuesday November 28

  • Coolgardie
  • Dundas
  • Kalgoorlie-Boulder
  • Laverton
  • Leonora
  • Menzies
  • Sandstone
  • Wiluna
  • Ngaanyatjarraku

During a Total Fire Ban the following cannot be done

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

It 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.

More information on activities that can be carried out or not carried out during a Total Fire Ban is here.

Also, an extreme fire danger is in place for the Goldfields-Midland are including

  • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder local government area - 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 local government area - eastern part
  • Shire of Dundas - eastern part
  • Shire of Laverton - north western, central and eastern parts
  • Shire of Menzies - eastern part
  • Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku
  • Shire of Wiluna - central and eastern parts

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.
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