Fire ratings, alerts and warnings

Lower West Coast

High

Lower West Inland

High

Locations 

Alerts and warnings

Department of Fire and Emergency Services along with Parks and Wildlife issue alerts and warnings to inform and keep the community safe during significant incidents threatening lives and property.

To see the current alerts and warnings go to Emergency WA Website.

When the FDR is:

Very high

Severe

Extreme

Catastrophic

Permits are automatically cancelled.

No burning (including garden refuse) is allowed.

You can’t use any BBQ or cooker in the open air that requires solid fuel (wood or charcoal). This includes wood-fired ovens or stoves.

Campfires aren’t allowed.

To find out when and what you can burn click here.

Total Fire Ban (TFB)

TFBs are declared by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services on days of extreme weather or when widespread fires are seriously stretching firefighting resources. TFBs are generally declared the evening before they take effect.  To find out if a TFB has been declared visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au or tune in to 720AM on your radio.

When a TFB is declared it prohibits the lighting of any fires in the open air and any other activities that may start a fire.

The ban includes all open air fires for cooking or camping. It also includes incinerators, welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting. For more information including exemptions visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans

Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans (HVMB)

A HVMB, once declared by the Shire, prohibits all harvesting operations and all vehicle movements on a property (except for the essential watering of stock using a diesel powered vehicle).

HVMBs remain in place until midnight on the day called or until lifted (revoked) by the Shire.

A ban may be called on the basis of:

  • Unfavourable fire weather conditions.
  • Lack of firefighting resources due to existing commitments.
  • Public holidays.

You can find out if a HVMB has been declared on the Shire’s website homepage and Facebook page.

Emergency Alert telephone warning system

Emergency Alert is a telephone warning system employed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and other hazard management agencies in order to send emergency information to communities via landline and mobile telephones.

The system works by sending voice or text messages to phone numbers based on their service address or location.

It is a national system used by the fire and emergency services in all States and Territories.

To find out more visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website.