FIRE DANGER SEASON INFORMATION
To help control the bushfire problem during summer and protect lives and property, the CFS has the power to impose restrictions on the lighting of fires through declarations of the Fire Danger Season and Total Fire Bans.
Use of fires in the open during the Fire Danger Season is strictly regulated under the Fire & Emergency Services Act 2005 with local restrictions imposed by Councils.
The penalties for illegally lighting a fire are very severe. You face the possibility of incurring a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment for up to two years.
Fire Danger Season restrictions apply throughout all South Australia's 15 fire ban districts, Adelaide Hills Council is in the 'MT LOFTY RANGES' District in respect to Fire Ban areas.
The following exemptions will be allowed on any day, OTHER THAN A TOTAL FIRE BAN DAY
A fire for cooking purposes and personal comfort provided that:
The fire is contained in
- A properly constructed fire place (the use of Chimaneas is allowed, however the use of Braziers is prohibited).or
- A portable appliance exclusively constructed for cooking purposes
- A trench at least 300mm deep, AND
- The fire does not occupy an area in excess of 1.metre square AND
- The ground and air space within a distance of 4. metres from the outer perimeter and upper most point of the burning material is clear of all flammable material, AND
- A person who is able to control the fire is present at the time it is lit until the time it is completely extinguished with water or other extinguishing agent on hand.