Total Fire Ban and Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban 20 FEB

Published on Monday, 19 February 2024 at 4:26:00 PM

Both a TOTAL FIRE BAN and HARVEST AND VEHICLE MOVEMENT BAN have been declared for the Shire of Denmark tomorrow, Tuesday 20 February.
The Total Fire Ban will be in place until midnight tomorrow, while the Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban is in place from 8am to 6pm* (*notice updated at 4.50pm).
A Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban (sometimes referred to as a Movement Ban or Vehicle Movement Ban) is different to a Total Fire Ban, but strict rules apply regardless.
In this case, because a Total Fire Ban has already been declared, the rules of BOTH the Total Fire Ban AND the Movement Ban must be adhered to.
You could be fined up to $25,000 or jailed for 12 months or both if you breach a Total Fire Ban.
  • Any 'off-road activity' is BANNED (including off-road activity for agricultural purposes or work being conducted by business, industry and public authorities).
    • To clarify:
      • 'Off-road' means: paddocks, bushland, uncleared land, land with stubble and long grass
      • 'Activity' means: the use of anything activated by an internal combustion engine such as vehicles (including farm equipment such as tractors), motor bikes, quad bikes, excavators, chain saws, lawnmowers and generators
  • Harvesting operations BANNED
  • You CAN use a vehicle on a gazetted road, lane, driveway and/or yard if the area is sufficiently cleared of flammable material.
  • You CAN ONLY use a vehicle in an ‘off-road’ area if there is an immediate and serious risk to the health and safety of a person or livestock and all reasonable precautions have been taken to prevent the creation of a bushfire danger
During a TOTAL FIRE BAN you must not:
  • Open fires for the purpose of cooking, camping or outdoor entertainment are not allowed including fire pits and bonfires.
  • Hot work such as metal work, grinding, welding, gas cutting is not allowed in the open air except for business and industry if regulatory conditions are met.
  • Off-road activity using a four-wheel drive, quad bike, motorcycle, bobcat or similar vehicle, except for agricultural purposes or by business and industry if regulatory conditions are met.
For a list of activities that can or cannot be carried out during a Total Fire Ban and conditions visit or by telephoning the Total Fire Ban Information Line on 1800 709 355.

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