Fire danger ratings

Fire Danger Ratings

Tell you how dangerous a fire would be if one started. The higher the rating, the more dangerous the conditions. Visit Website

Total fire bans

Total Fire Bans

Tell you what fires you can and cannot have and what activities are banned on a particular day. Even if your area has not been declared a Total Fire Ban, Fire Danger Period restrictions may still apply. Visit Website

Make it a habit to:

  • Check your Fire Danger Rating every day during summer.
  • Know if it is a day of Total Fire Ban.
  • Check for warnings using at least two sources of information, especially on hot, dry, windy days.

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Using your barbecue on a day of Total Fire Ban

Which types of barbecues are banned on a Total Fire Ban?

  • Solid fuel barbecues (e.g. wood, charcoal and briquettes).
  • Liquid fuel barbecues.
  • Camp ovens, wood-fired pizza ovens or kettle-type appliances.
  • Campfires, bonfires or any kind of outdoor fires are strictly banned on a Total Fire Ban day.

Which barbecues are allowed on a Total Fire Ban?

  • Fixed gas or electric barbecues built into a permanent structure of stone, metal or concrete.
  • Portable gas or electric barbecues are allowed if they are designed exclusively for meal preparation and are placed in a stable position.

For any kind of gas or electric barbecue, you must have:

  • A 3-metre area around the barbecue cleared of flammable material.
  • A hose connected to a water supply or a container with at least 10 litres of water.
  • An adult present at all times who has the means and capacity to extinguish the fire.