Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban
There may be times during Restricted and Prohibited Burning periods the Shire's Chief Bush Fire Control Officer may impose a ban on the use or operation of any engine, vehicle, plant, equipment or machinery in the area. This ban is commonly referred to as a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban (HVMB).
A HVMB is imposed to restrict activities that are likely to cause a bush fire or contribute to the spread of a bush fire when the expected weather conditions indicate that if a wildfire was to start, it would be dangerous, destructive and difficult to stop once started.
On days when the fire danger index for the area is or exceeds 35, a HVMB must be imposed. During the bush fire season, the fire danger index is monitored throughout the day through various means including through physical weather readings taken in the field and through the monitoring of weather stations.
Total Fire Ban
A Total Fire Ban (TFB) is declared by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) in consultation with local government and implements restrictions due to weather conditions in an area of the State being conducive to the outbreak or spread of bush fires, or such weather conditions in an area of the State are imminent. A TFB may also be declared if a current emergency is impacting firefighting resources.
Fore more information download the Fire Bans Information Sheet.