Fire ban penal­ties

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

Peo­ple who ig­nore to­tal fire bans will now face tough new penal­ties fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion new State Gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion.

Un­der the new laws any­one caught ig­nor­ing a to­tal fire ban would be hit with a $1000 on-the-spot fine.

Re­peat of­fend­ers or those who com­mit more se­ri­ous of­fences could face fines of up to $25,000 and 12 months in prison.

Last bush­fire sea­son, 76 fires started dur­ing to­tal fire bans as a re­sult of peo­ple ig­nor­ing the ban to light burn-offs and camp­fires or use ma­chin­ery such as an­gle grinders or welders.

The De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices, the De­part­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions, WA Po­lice and lo­cal gov­ern­ments all have the author­ity to is­sue penal­ties.

To­tal Fire Bans pro­hibit light­ing open air fires which in­cludes de­lib­er­ately lit fires, burn offs, cook­ing with open-fire ap­pli­ances or camp­fires; or car­ry­ing out busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties that could start a fire in­clud­ing in­cin­er­a­tors, weld­ing, grind­ing, sol­der­ing or gas cut­ting.

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