Bush Fire Danger Period

Rural Fire Service volunteer firefighters backburning Southern Highlands

The statutory Bush Fire Danger Period runs from 1 October to 31 March, however it may vary due to local conditions. If you are planning to light a fire in the open during this time, you will need a Fire Permit.

You can find out if permits are required in your area below:

Bush Fire Danger Period

Total Fire Bans and No Burn days

Burning is prohibited during a Total Fire Ban or when a No Burn Notice has been issued.

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

Video: Fire Danger Ratings

Check the Fire Danger Rating or whether a Total Fire Ban is in place for your area:

Bush Fire Survival Plans

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

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