Harvest and Movement Bans

Total Fire Bans vs Harvest & Vehicle Movement Bans

Total Fire Bans

*A Total Fire Ban (TFB) is declared because of extreme weather conditions or when widespread fires are seriously stretching fire fighting resources.  A TFB is declared by DFES following consultation with local governments.

*A TFB prohibits the lighting of any fires in the open air and any other activities that may start a fire.  The ban includes all open air fires for the purpose of cooking or camping. It also includes incinerators, welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting. Exemptions may be allowed for some industries and activities with conditions applied.

*Recent changes to Total Fire Ban regulations have been introduced that broaden the activities farmers can undertake during these bans.

*The changes mean farmers can now continue day-to-day agricultural activity such as harvesting, as long as a Harvest & Vehicle Movement Ban has not been implemented by their local government.

*On days when a Total Fire Ban and/or a Harvest & Vehicle Movement Ban are in place farmers are still able to check on the welfare of their stock, including moving livestock between paddocks to a water source, providing the vehicle being used in equipped with a portable fire unit carrying a minimum 600liters of water

*Certain activities likely to create a bushfire danger such as operating an oxytorch, welding and operating grinders in the open air are still banned.

*You can find a list of common questions on the DFES website: https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans/Pages/TotalFireBanWhatCantIDo.aspx

*For more information call the TFB Information Line on 1800 709 355 or go to


Harvest & Vehicle Movement Bans

*Harvest & Vehicle Movement Bans (HVMB) are issued by local governments. It is the responsibility of the farmer to be aware of any bans in place before harvesting as you could be fined for breaching a ban.

*A HVMB is a ban that individual local governments are responsible for issuing under the Bush Fires Regulations 1954 Section 38A, and/or Section 24C. Local governments will impose the ban when their Bushfire Control Officer is of the opinion that the use of engines, vehicles, plant or machinery during the prohibited burning times or the restricted burning times or both is likely to cause a fire or contribute to the spread of a bushfire. The prohibited and restricted burning times vary between local governments, see local times below:

All Zones (1-8) Shire of Ravensthorpe

Restricted Burning Time

(Permits required at ALL times)

19 September -

31 October

Prohibited Burning Time

(NO burning at all)

1 November -

31 January

Restricted Burning Time

(Permits required at all times)

1 February -

28 February

Restricted Burning Time

(Permits required for over 0.1ha)

1 March -

18 September

*A HVMB may be imposed for any length of time but is generally imposed for the "heat of the day" periods and may be extended or revoked by the local government should weather conditions change.

*The responsibility remains on the individual to ensure that any activity undertaken is not likely to start a fire and that a HVMB is currently not in place in their area.

*To find if a HVMB has been imposed in the Shire of Ravensthorpe, contact the Harvest Ban Hotline on (08) 9839 0035

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ABC Radio & Fire Bans

This season Harvest and Vehicle movement bans will be broadcast on ABC radio during the Country Hour just after 12:35pm on weekdays and at 12:35PM on weekends.

Tune to ABC Radio:

Ravensthorpe 105.9 FM

Esperance 837 AM

Albany 630 AM

Southern Cross 106.3 FM

Wagin 558 AM

The lifting of harvest bans WILL NOT be broadcast via ABC Radio. Information on lifting of harvest bands will be sent via the Shire's SMS System.

Shire SMS notification

The Shire of Ravensthorpe has an SMS system available for landowners/residents/contractors/workers which is free of charge.

If you wish to receive SMS updates of the road conditions or harvest or movement bans, please complete our online form.

An SMS will be sent to registered users advising when harvest bans are enforced per harvest zone area. 

A follow up SMS will be sent advising when harvest bans have been lifted per harvest zone area.

To avoid penalty, the Shire of Ravensthorpe strongly recommends landowners/residents/contractors/workers register for the SMS service.

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