Total Fire Ban

Published: Friday, 8 November 2019 at 4:14:23 PM

BUSH FIRES ACT 1954

Regulation 24C (Total Fire Ban)

 Use of engines, vehicles, plant or machinery likely to cause a bush fire.

(commonly referred to as Harvest and Vehicle Movement & Hot works ban)

Pursuant to Regulation 24C of the Bush Fires Regulations 1954, the Chief Executive Officer for the Shire of Northam hereby declares a ban on the use or operation of engines, vehicles, plant or machinery from 0900hrs Saturday 09 Nov 2019 until 1700hrs Saturday 09 Nov 2019 for the whole of the Shire of Northam.

This Ban will be reviewed at 1700hrs Saturday 09 Nov 2019 at which time further advice may be issued.

ACTIVITIES NOT PERMITTED DURING THE PERIOD OF THIS BAN.

  • Harvesting operations are not permitted,
  • Any “hot works” (e.g. welding, grinding, cutting, heating etc) in the “open air” are not permitted, (note—these activities are not permitted during the term of any Total Fire Ban).
  • Other - Use or operation of any engine, vehicle, plant, equipment or machinery in the area likely to cause a bush fire or contribute to the spread of a bush fire.

ACTIVITIES PERMITTED DURING THE PERIOD OF THIS  BAN

(the following are examples only. The BFCO will need to stipulate which, if any are to be used as well as adding any others that he considers appropriate) ;

  • Movement of Vehicles on “gazetted roads” (as described in Bush Fires regulation 24A(1) and Road Traffic Act 1974 section 1)).
  • Movement of vehicles on a lane, driveway, yard or other area that  provides access to, or a parking facility at, any residential, farming or business premises, if the area has been sufficiently cleared of inflammable material to prevent the escape of fi
  • Use or operation of a vehicle if it is for the prevention of an immediate and serious risk to the health or safety of a person or livestock, and only if all reasonable precautions have been taken to prevent the activity from creating a bush fire
  • Use or operations of vehicles and undertaking of “hot works” by those persons holding a current Exemption under Bush Fires Act 1954 s. 22C (Exemption from Total Fire Bans)

Jason Whiteaker

Chief Executive Officer

Shire of Northam

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