Fire ban fines introduced to curb blazes

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
VideoFirefighters are still battling the blaze.

Residents are being warned tougher penalties will fall on people who ignore fire bans.

As bushfire season approaches, the State Government has introduced a new $1000 on-the-spot fine for Total Fire Ban breaches, which includes open air fires such as camp fires and welding.

Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan said bans were put in place to protect the community.

“During the 2016-17 bushfire season almost one-third of out of control fires on Total Fire Ban days started as a result of banned fire activities – this is unacceptable,” he said.

“Ignorance isn’t an excuse, everyone has to play their part and take responsibility.”

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