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Bans & Contacts

TOTAL FIRE BANS

Total Fire Bans may be declared by the Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) when severe weather conditions are forecast or widespread fires are stretching resources. When a Total Fire Ban is declared, it is illegal to do anything that may start a fire. Total Fire Bans will be featured on:

  •  DFES website;
  •  Published to subscribers through DFES™s automated RSS feeds;
  •  Broadcast on ABC local radio 531 AM
  •  Via DFES information line 1800 709 355

Harvest and Vehicle Movement Bans must be imposed by a local government when the Fire Danger Index (FDI) exceeds 35 during a Total Fire Ban.
They are also imposed when the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer is of the opinion that the use of engines, vehicles, plant or machinery during the prohibited or restricted burning times or both is likely to cause a fire or contribute to the spread of a bushfire. If a Harvest and Vehicle Movement Ban is declared it is broadcast on ABC 531 AM and via SMS.


During a Total Fire Ban or Harvest & Vehicle Movement Ban you are not allowed to light, maintain or use a fire in the open air, or carry out any activity in the open air that causes, or is likely to cause a fire.
This includes a prohibition on the use of engines, vehicles, plant or machinery likely to cause or be conducive to the spread of a bush fire.
You could be fined up to $25,000 and/or jailed for 12 months if you breach a ban.

CONTACT DETAILS

Chief Executive Officer

Mia Maxfield

9952 0100 0428 521 100

Community Emergency Services Manager

Mark Teale

9927 0000 0417 165 056

Chief Bush Fire Control Officer

Harvest Ban Officer - Eastern Sector

Kelvin Bean

9952 0100 0428 521 103

Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officer

Ben Plozza

0427 531 182

Harvest Ban Officer - Western Sector

Ian Falconer

0427 531 294

Special Permit Glover Burning Officer

Ian Falconer

0427 531 294

FIRE CONTROL OFFICERS

Mark Teale  9927 0000  0417 165 056
Kelvin Bean 9952 0100 0428 521 103
Sam Dell'Agostino 0447 261 588
Ian Falconer 0427 531 294
Dennis Martin 0429 652 304
Graeme Maley 9951 8236 0428 518 236
James Raffan 0428 523 006
Geoff Hortin 0427 525 014 
Ben Plozza 0427 531 294
Mia Maxfield 9952 0100 0428 521 100

Fire control officers are not obliged to issue permits.   Permits cannot be issued over the phone and should fire control officer refuse to issue a permit, it is a breach of the      Bush Fires Act 1954 to request a permit from another fire control officer.


FIRE PERMIT OFFICER

Kelvin Bean 9952 0100 0428 521 103
James Raffan  0428523 006
Sam Dell'Agostino 0447 261 588
Ian Falconer 0427 531 294
Dennis Martin  0429 652 304
Mia Maxfield 9952 0100 0428 521 100