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Welcome to the Shire of MERREDIN

Harvest & Fire Bans

As we come into fire season, we will start to encounter Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans and Total Fire Bans.

Total Fire Bans

Total Fire Bans are declared by DFES when severe weather conditions are forecast, or when widespread fires mean they don’t have the resources to fight more.

On Total Fire Ban days, it is illegal to light an open-air fire or conduct any activity that could start a fire, including using barbeques or pizza ovens that burn solid fuel, using welders or grinders outside, or using equipment powered by an internal combustion engine in area with vegetation.

Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au to see a full list of what you can and can’t do in a Total Fire Ban, and www.emergency.wa.gov.au to check if there’s a Total Fire Ban in effect.


Harvest Bans

The Shire of Merredin issues Harvest and Vehicle / Machinery Movement Ban in accordance with the Bush Fires Regulations 1954.

Harvest and Vehicle / Machinery Movement Bans are put in place when conditions are such that the use of engines, vehicles, plant or machinery constitute high bushfire risk activities. They are imposed when the expected weather predictions indicate that if a fire were to start, it would be dangerous, destructive and difficult to stop.

During a Harvest and Vehicle / Machinery Movement Ban, the watering of stock is still permitted. 


Harvest ban hotline

To find out if a Harvest Ban has been imposed please call the Harvest Ban Hotline on (08) 9041 2999.


Receive SMS notifications of Harvest and Fire Bans, and Road Closures

You can also be added to the Harvest Ban SMS notification list by contacting (08) 9041 1611 or by completing the form below.


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