Fire ban penalties
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.