The Government of Western Australia declares a total fire ban today in the regions of South West, Goldfields Midlands, Midwest Gascoyne, and Perth, the latter experiencing its record-breaking high temperature last weekend.
Western Australia’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) alerts the public of the local government districts that are under the total fire ban. These are the following:
Perth metropolitan area:
- South West
- Shark Bay
- Three Springs
- Victoria Plains
DFES further warns the public to refrain from any activity that could start a fire. Anyone who does not follow the total fire ban will be apprehended and fined up to $25,000 and/or jailed for 12 months. Information on activities that can or cannot be carried out during a total fire ban is detailed on this site.
Sky News reported that the weather forecast for today is moderate to fresh easterly winds, with temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius in many centres. This is not the right weather for West Australian firefighters as they need to cease wild fires in the state’s southwest. The fire alarm remained on Tuesday night on the areas where an “out-of-control” fire burned almost 1120 hectares. These areas are the Southern Uduc and Wokalup. Since Tuesday night, fire crews are trying to contain the fire. However, DFES said that the blaze can still threaten lives if it breaks containment lines.
Sky News’s forecast also warns of extreme fire danger on the Carnarvon coastal areas and Midwest Gascoyne’s Shark Bay shires today. Severe fire danger might also be expected in Metropolitan Perth, and Goldfields Midlands. DFES reminds everyone to be cautious and to follow the total fire ban rule.