Fire ban fine introduced
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.”