Fire ban penal­ties in­creased

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE who ig­nore to­tal fire bans face a $1000 on-thes­pot fine un­der new penal­ties an­nounced last Tues­day.

The penal­ties can be is­sued by lo­cal gov­ern­ments, the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices, the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions, and WA Po­lice.

Last bush­fire sea­son, 76 fires started on to­tal fire ban days as a re­sult of peo­ple ig­nor­ing the ban and hold­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as burn-offs, camp­fires or us­ing ma­chin­ery that cre­ated sparks, such as an­gle grind­ing or weld­ing.

To­tal fire bans are de­clared on days when fires will be very dif­fi­cult to con­trol and are most likely to threaten lives.

To­tal fire bans pro­hibit light­ing open air fires, which in­cludes de­lib­er­ately lit fires, burn-offs, cook­ing with open­fire ap­pli­ances or camp­fires.

They also pro­hibit the car­ry­ing out of busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties that could start a fire, in­clud­ing in­cin­er­a­tors, weld­ing, grind­ing, sol­der­ing or gas cut­ting.

Agen­cies can also take fur­ther ac­tion to pros­e­cute re­peat of­fend­ers or more se­ri­ous of­fences with a fine of up to $25,000 and/or im­pris­on­ment for 12 months.

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