Total fire ban for all Perth and South West WA

THE Department of Fire and Emergency Services has declared a total fire ban across Perth and the South West of WA for tomorrow.

The January 8 ban covers all of the metropolitan area, as well as the neighbouring shires of Chittering, Gingin, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Toodyay, Murray, Waroona and others.

According to a DFES statement, people can face fines of up to $25,000 or 12 months in jail if they ignore the total fire ban.

Activities which are not allowed include lighting or using any fires in open air, or hot work such as metal work, grinding, welding, soldering, gas cutting or similar.

Some local governments may also implement harvest and vehicle movement bans.

The ban comes as more than 200 volunteer and career firefighters battle a fire sparked by lightning in Harvey and Waroona that has burnt through more than 29,000ha since yesterday.

About 6pm DFES issued an advice warning for another fire in Gidgegannup, also started by lightning, with about 50 firefighters on the scene and aerial support helping.

For more information on the ban, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans/Pages/TotalFireBanWhatCantIDo.aspx or call 1800 709 355.