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Total Fire Bans

Total Fire Bans (TFB) are declared by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) due to extreme weather conditions or when widespread fires are seriously stretching firefighting resources.

During a TFB

The lighting of any fires in the open air and any other activities that may start a fire are prohibited, including:

  • All open air fires for the purpose of cooking or camping - wood fuel barbeques, candles and pizza ovens
  • Incinerators, welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting, angle grinders and lawnmowers

Exemptions may be granted by DFES and must be requested in writing.

Up to $25,000 fine and/or a 12-month jail term for non-compliance

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Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans

Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans (HVMB) are put in place when bad weather is expected or when the response capacity of local firefighting personnel is reduced.

A HVMB can be imposed for any length of time but is generally put in place for ‘heat of the day’ periods and may be extended or revoked as weather conditions change.

During a HVMB

The use of engines, vehicles, plant and machinery are prohibited, in order to mitigate the associated risk of causing or contributing to the spread of a bushfire. 

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Fire Danger Ratings

It is important to keep abreast of your area's Fire Danger Rating (FDR) by monitoring local conditions and keeping in-the-loop. 

What is a FDR

The Fire Danger Rating (FDR) is based on the forecast weather conditions and offers advice about the level of bushfire threat on a particular day. When the rating is High, the threat of a bushfire increases.

If the FDR is Extreme or Catastrophic residents should leave the day or hours before a fire might threaten, as this is the best option for survival.

Understanding the FDR categories will help inform decisions about what to do if a bushfire starts.

Understanding Fire Danger Ratings

Catastrophic 100+
Total Fire Bans will be declared. Some fires will be unpredictable, difficult to control and fast moving. A well prepared, well constructed and actively defended home may not survive a fire.

Extreme 75 - 99
Total Fire Bans will be declared. Some fires will be unpredictable, difficult to control and fast moving. A well prepared, well constructed and actively defended home may not survive a fire.

Severe 50 - 74
Total Fire Bans are likely. Some fires will be unpredictable, difficult to control and fast moving.

Very High 32 - 49
Total Fire Bans are likely. Some fires will be unpredictable, difficult to control and may be fast moving.

High 12 - 31
Fires can be controlled but there is still a potential threat.

Low - Moderate 0 - 11
Fires can be easily controlled and are slow moving.

Shire of Murray fire weather district:

  • Lower West Coast
  • Lower West Inland

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