Fire ban fine in­tro­duced

South Western Times - - News -

South West res­i­dents are be­ing warned of tougher penal­ties for peo­ple who ig­nore fire bans.

As bush­fire sea­son ap­proaches the State Gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced a new $1000 on-the-spot fine for To­tal Fire Ban breaches, which in­cludes open air fires such as camp fires and weld­ing.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Fran­cis Lo­gan said bans were put in place to pro­tect the com­mu­nity.

“Dur­ing the 2016-17 bush­fire sea­son al­most one-third of out of con­trol fires on To­tal Fire Ban days started as a re­sult of banned fire ac­tiv­i­ties – this is un­ac­cept­able,” he said.

“Ig­no­rance isn’t an ex­cuse, every­one has to play their part and take re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

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