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The Stuff You Can't Do During A Total Fire Ban

If you were thinking about taking your hot air balloon for a spin today, think again.

With the exception of the Pilbara and Kimberley regions, today there is a Total Fire Ban across Western Australia.

According to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, that means you’re “not allowed to light, maintain for use a fire in the open air, or to carry out any activity in the open air that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.”

Despite this, they still get loads of questions.

Take the BBQ, for instance.

While you can’t use one that requires solid fuel like wood or charcoal, you can use an electric or gas one, as long as it “has an enclosed flame and all flammable material is cleared five metres away from around your BBQ”.

And, take note, this short list is just what we found interesting. They come with a bunch of specific conditions that can be found at DFES.

Wood fired pizza ovens? Forget it. Get Dominoes.  

Chainsaws and lawn mowers? Surprisingly, as long as you’re in a suburban or built-up area, you might be OK. If you’re in bushland, hell no.

Grinding? You can’t use a grinder in open air, but you can still use Grindr.

Drive a 4WD through the bush? Unless it’s for agricultural purposes, yeah nah, you’ll have to use the actual road.

Ride your quad bike through bush or in a paddock? Nope. Same goes for riding your motorbike or motorcross bike.

Fireworks? LOL. No.

Hot air balloon? Hey, not even The Bachelor would be allowed to use one during a Total Fire Ban.

Seven-day forecast for Perth

Tuesday – 35, sunny.

Wednesday – 21, showers, possible storm

Thursday – 21, mostly sunny

Friday – 26, sunny

Saturday – 28, sunny

Sunday – 23, partly cloudy

Monday – 23, mostly sunny

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