Camp fires, barbecues ignore ban
We are in a season where any open flames are banned. Brad Barton
The total fire ban season has started across the South West and authorities have said most people are doing the right thing and following the rules.
Regional leader for fire management Brad Barton said the only issues they had was people camping in the national parks across the region.
“We are in a season where any open flames are banned in national parks including camp fires and barbecues, but we have had three or four instances where we have had to go and put out fires started from these sources,” he said.
“Luckily, we have managed to contain them all fairly quickly and stopped them from turning into anything more.”
The only fires permitted are the prescribed burns, which need to be cleared by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
Mr Barton said 50,000ha of land had undergone prescribed burns since the end of October.
He said some people questioned why they still take on burns at this time of year and explained it was because some of the forest types took longer to dry out in this region.
“The karri forest across the southern parts of the region is just drying out sufficiently now and we have got a number of burns planned in the next one to two weeks before everything gets too dry,” he said.
“If we did prescribed burns after it became too dry, we would basically just be replicating the thing we are trying to stop, which is a bushfire.”
He said there were strict guidelines in place for burns at this time of year and they could not burn on anything above high fire danger.
“After it gets too dry for us, that will be the end of the prescribed burns until next year,” Mr Barton said.
Regional leader for fire management Brad Barton said most people had been responsible this fire season.