Shire Rangers start property and firebreak inspections on 1 December each year to ensure they comply with the Shire’s Firebreak Order. Those property owners that do not comply may be infringed or hazard reduction work may be carried out by the Shire of Harvey at the property owner’s expense.Current fire bans
For all up to date information regarding Fire Bans and community warnings about emergencies go to the Emergency WA website. Updated information is also available on the ABC Radio (720AM/684AM) . Please note that information regarding Harvest Vehicle Movement Bans (HVMB) is not available on the Emergency WA Website, please refer to HVMB information below.
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 Emergency WA or tune in to ABC radio (720AM/684AM).
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 is declared by the Shire. A HVMB prohibits all harvesting operations and all vehicle movements on a property (except for the essential watering of stock using a diesel powered vehicle). A HVMB is advertised on the ABC radio (720AM/684AM) and the Shire's Website.
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.
SMS text notification
If you wish to be added to the Shire of Harvey’s total fire ban and harvest movement ban SMS text notification list, please email your contact details to ESD@harvey.wa.gov.au
Please note that this SMS text is only a notification service. More information and contacts
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