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Staying Safe and Compliant

Campfires and BBQs

Jodie Booth (11)

When it comes to enjoying the great outdoors and the pleasures of campfires and barbecues, it’s crucial to stay informed about regulations and restrictions that help ensure both your safety and the preservation of our environment. Here’s your guide to understanding and abiding by these rules to make your outdoor experiences truly a wow-factor.


A fundamental aspect to remember is that fire restrictions can impact your ability to engage in campfires and barbecues. While these activities are generally permitted throughout the year, certain conditions apply, particularly during the Fire Danger Season and on Total Fire Ban days.

Fire Danger Season

The Fire Danger Season is a period when bushfires pose a higher risk due to weather conditions. During this time, there are activities you are not allowed to engage in to prevent fire-related risks. It’s essential to familiarize yourself with these rules and act accordingly.

Total Fire Ban Days

Total Fire Ban Days signify times of extreme fire hazard. On these days, all types of fires, including certain types of barbecues, are strictly prohibited to prevent uncontrollable fires. Keep an eye out for Total Fire Bans in your area and adhere to these restrictions.

Jenny Deer (3)

When enjoying campfires, several safety measures must be followed:

  1. Check for Permission: Always verify local fire regulations, Fire Danger Ratings, and any applicable Total Fire Bans before starting a campfire.
  2. Clear the Area: Ensure there are no overhanging branches above your fire and remove leaves and branches within a four-meter radius to create a safe space.
  3. Use Fireplaces: Utilize designated fireplaces or barbecues provided in the area. If none are available, you can create your own trench, but remember, during the Fire Danger Season, the trench must be 30cm deep and smaller than one square meter.
  4. No Flammable Liquids: Avoid using flammable liquids such as petrol or kerosene. Keep flammable objects away from the fire to prevent accidents.
  5. Constant Supervision: Never leave a campfire unattended. Always have water or an extinguisher ready in case of emergencies.
  6. Proper Extinguishing: Before leaving or sleeping, ensure your campfire is completely extinguished with water. Sand or dirt may not fully cool down the fire.
Ann Altschwager (5)

When it comes to barbecues:

  1. Compliance: Check local signage for specific barbecue regulations. Gas or electric barbecues are often allowed on Total Fire Ban days within certain conditions.
  2. Clearance Area: Maintain a four-meter clearance around and above the barbecue to prevent fire spread.
  3. Vigilance: Keep a responsible person near the barbecue at all times with access to water or an extinguisher.
  4. Follow Signs: Gas or electric barbecues might be permitted in designated areas, so stay informed through park entrance signs or local authorities.
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If you’re camping with children, remember to:

  • Supervise: Keep a watchful eye on kids around campfires.
  • Be Prepared: Pack essentials like healthy snacks, rain-day activities, and extra clothes.
  • Safety First: Equip yourself with first aid supplies, including mosquito repellents, especially during mosquito-prone seasons.
Jodie Booth (11)

Remember that regulations can vary across different regions. Always consult relevant authorities, such as the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline, and adhere to the guidelines of the Department of Natural Resources.

By understanding and respecting fire regulations, you not only keep yourself safe but also contribute to safeguarding our natural environment. Your outdoor experiences will be more enjoyable, responsible, and memorable when you follow these essential guidelines.

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