Emergency Services FAQs

Am I able to light an indoor fire during the restricted burning time?

Yes you are, however you might like to note the following;

  • Clean your flue or chimney at least once a year to prevent a build-up of flammable material and ensure your heater works efficiently
  • Regularly check the flue and chimney for cracks or damage as sparks and embers may enter the roof space and start a fire
  • Do not use combustible liquids to light open fires or combustion stoves (use fire-lighters instead)
  • When disposing of ash, ensure it is completely cool and no embers remain

Can I burn during the restricted burning time?

All burning during the restricted burning time can only be done under permit. To obtain a permit, you can contact your local Fire Control Officer. For their details you can find them towards the back of the latest Firebreak & Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Notice available here.

Can I ride a dirt bike or quad bike during a Total Fire Ban or Harvest Ban?

Riding a dirt or quad bike through a paddock (or similar area) during a ban is Not Allowed!

Essentially the use or operation of any engine, vehicle, plant, equipment or machinery in the area likely to cause a bush fire or contribute to the spread of a bush fire is banned.

Can I use a generator during a Total Fire Ban or Harvest Ban?

There is no law or policy governing the use of generators, however total fire bans and harvest / hot works / vehicle movement bans are intended to ensure that nothing is likely to cause a fire is undertaken.

Common sense needs to prevail therefore, and it is suggested that if you should need to use a generator ensure that it is run in a cleared area (or enclosed area - being mindful of fumes) with a minimum 3m mineral erth break around the generator as a suggestion.

What can't I do during a Harvest, Hot Works and Vehicle Movement Ban?

The following activities are not permitted:

  • harvesting operations
  • any "hot works" (i.e. welding, grinding, cutting, heating, etc) in the open air
  • use or operation of any engine, vehicle, plant, equipment or machinery in the area that is likely to cause a bush fire or contribute to the spread of a bush fire

Any activity that could start a fire is "banned", including hot works without an exemption. Harvest movement is OK unless a ban is imposed by the Shire of Chittering. If in doubt, please call 9576 0219.

What do I do if I can see smoke or flames?

If you see smoke or flames, Act Immediately for your own safety and call 000.

What is a Harvest, Hot Works and Vehicle Movement Ban?

Harvest, Hot Works and Vehicle Movement Bans are issued by local governments when, in the opinion of their Chief Bush Fire Control Officer, the use of engines, vehicles, plant or machinery is likely to cause a fire or contribute to the spread of a bush fire.

During a Harvest, Hot Works and Vehicle Movement Ban the following activities are not permitted:

  • harvesting operations
  • any "hot works" (i.e. welding, grinding, cutting, heating, etc) in the open air
  • use or operation of any engine, vehicle, plant, equipment or machinery in the area that is likely to cause a bush fire or contribute to the spread of a bush fire

What is the Emergency Alert Telephone Warning System?

Emergency Alert is the national telephone warning system used during an emergency to send messages to landlines and mobile phones within a defined area where lives and homes are deemed to be under direct and imminent threat.

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