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During the Bush Fire Season, (October 1 to March 31) regulations about the use of barbecues and campfires come into effect throughout NSW. These regulation are designed to help prevent bush and grass fires, and therefore protect lives, property and the environment. It is up to each of us to follow the rules that help keep everyone safe.During the Bush Fire Danger Season
During the Bush Fire danger Season, fires in the open air are restricted. This means that barbecues and campfires may only be used under certain conditions.
A campfire or barbecue may be lit for cooking or warmth provided; 
  • they are lit only in a permanently constructed fire place with at least 2m cleared of combustible matter OR 
  • at a site with at least 3m cleared of all combustible matter. 
  • an adult is in attendance 
  • the fire is completely out before leaving the area. 
It is important to have sufficient water on hand in case of an emergency.

During Total Fire Ban

Campfires are prohibited. Gas or electric barbecues may be used provided: 

  • it is on residential property 
  • within 20m of the house or dwelling 
  • or in an area with council approval 
  • it is under the direct control of an adult 
  • the ground within 3m of the barbecue is cleared of all materials which could burn 
  • you have a continuous supply of water available 
Solid fuel barbecues, ovens and kettles, are prohibited, (ie those using wood, heat beads, charcoal or briquettes).

At Home

Electric or gas-fired barbecues, within 20m of your permanent home, (or holiday dwelling) in a cleared safe place may be used.

Remember, if you fail to comply with the fire regulations, you can be punished by up to:

12 months in jail or a fine of $5,000
Away from Home

Electric or gas-fired barbecues may only be used with the approval of the local council or the land management authority.

Total Fire Bans usually last for 24 hours, from 12 midnight.

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