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Bush Fire Danger Period to commence 1st October 2017 

Whilst some LGA's commenced Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) on the 1st of September due to prevailing dry conditions, Wingecarribee Shire Council LGA will commence the BFDP on the 1st October. 

Anyone wishing to light a fire during the BFDP must obtain a permit from their local Fire Control Centre. Commissioner Fitzsimmons stated that “Permits ensure that fire is used safely and to minimise the danger to landholders, their property and the community". 

Commissioner Fitzsimmons has urged homeowners to prepare for the upcoming fire season, noting warmer than average temperatures and below average rainfall are forecast for the coming months.

Agencies and firefighters have been busy undertaking hazard reductions in the lead up to the bush fire season and it is equally as important that residents play their part by preparing their property.

Whilst hazard reduction burns may be undertaken up until Sunday, 1st October in the Wingecarribee LGA landholders need to be extremely careful as warmer conditions mean fire can spread quickly and suddenly.

It is important to remember to never leave a fire unattended and, if a fire does escape, make sure you call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond.

Now is the time to make or update your Bush Fire Survival Plan and have a conversation with your family to ensure everyone knows what they will do and where they will go in the event that they are threatened by a bush fire.

As of 01/04/2017 Wingecarribee Shire are now out of the Bush Fire Danger Period. 

Outside of the bushfire danger period
From 1 April - 30 September, some properties are allowed to burn dry vegetation from routine garden maintenance as it is outside of the bushfire danger period.

In Moss Vale, Bowral, Mittagong and surrounding suburbs, burning is restricted to larger properties and less densely populated areas. In the villages and rural areas there are no property size restrictions.

For further information on backyard burning please visit :

linkBackyard burning (internal link)

The Bush Fire Danger Period is generally between 1st October - 31st March each year, but may be varied by the NSW Rural Fire Service in response to local conditions.

For further information on the Bush Fire Danger Period please visit :


Bush Fire Danger Period (external link)

During the Bush Fire Danger Period any person wishing to light a fire will require a permit issued by their local Rural Fire Service Brigade Captain.

On days of Total Fire Ban all Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificates are automatically revoked. 

Pile burning conditions Pile burning conditions (PDF, 160 Kb)

The key things to remember

  • You need a fire permit if it's the Bush Fire Danger Period. 
  • Just because it's the Bush Fire Danger Period doesn't mean you can't use fire - but there are restrictions to ensure fire is used safely.
  • Getting a permit is free and easy. Contact your local Fire Control Centre.

There are heavy penalties if you don't follow restrictions or rules.

To check the Fire Danger Rating or if a Total Fire Ban is in place for your area visit :

 LinkFire Danger Rating and Total Fire Ban Information (external link)

HyperlinkFire Danger Ratings (external link)

Fire Danger Ratings 

HyperlinkTotal Fire Ban Rules (external link)

Total Fire Ban

Residents are urged to complete a Bush Fire Survival Plan and ensure all members of the household know what to do on days of increased fire danger and if their home is threatened by fire.

Residents should prepare their property by removing flammable materials from their yards, clearing gutters of leaves, checking hoses and, where appropriate, conducting hazard reduction activities.

Last Updated: September 1st, 2017
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