Fire Safety Information 

On this page, we give you information and other resources about the following:


Burning Times

Prohibited Restricted Unrestricted
1 December to 31 March* 

1 October to 30 November*

1 April - 31 May*

1 June - 30 September*
  • Strictly no burning or uncontrolled flame in the open-air
  • Open-air is any open place, yard, paddock or construction area
  • Patios, pergolas and huts that are open or partially open are open-air
  • No lighting of camp fires, solid fuel barbecues or wood-fired pizza ovens
  • All burning is under permit only
  • Permits can be obtained from a Fire Control Officer
  • Indoor fires are permitted^
  • Solid fuel barbecues and wood fired pizza ovens may be
    used under strict conditions
  • No burning on Sundays and Public Holidays
  • No lighting of camp fires
  • Burning is permitted during this period
  • Fires are to be contained within your property

*Dates may be adjusted by the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer depending on conditions

^Advice for Indoor Fires: 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


Fire Danger Ratings (FDR)

DFES Website - Fire Danger Ratings

Current Fire Danger Ratings for Today

If you are in a bushfire risk area you need to know what the Fire Danger Rating (FDR) is for your area, monitor local conditions and keep informed.

Understanding the FDR categories and what they mean to you will help you to make decisions about what to do if a bushfire starts.


Total Fire Bans (TFB)

DFES Website & Factsheets - What is a Total Fire Ban?

Current Total Fire Bans for Today

Total Fire Bans are declared by the Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) on days of extreme weather.

Many activities are prohibited during Total Fire Bans. To find out more, there are Fact Sheets that are regularly updated by DFES located on their website. Click the link above.

Riding Quad Bikes & Dirt Bikes 

Riding a dirt or quad bike through a paddock (or similar area) during a ban is NOT PERMITTED.

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.

Generators

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 3 metre mineral earth break around the generator as a suggestion.


Harvest, Hot Works and Vehicle Movement Bans (HHWVM)

Harvest, Hot Works & Vehicle Movement (HHWVM) bans are declared by the Shire of Chittering.

These bans are usually declared alongside a Total Fire Ban, however they can be declared as a standalone precaution.

Activities Not Permitted Activities Permitted
  • Harvesting operations

  • Any “hot works” (e.g. welding, grinding, cutting, heating etc) in the “open air” are not permitted, (note—these activities are not permitted during the term of any Total Fire Ban).

  • 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.

  • Movement of vehicles on “gazetted roads” (as described in Bush Fires Regulations 1954 r. 24A(1) and Road Traffic Act 1974 s. 5.1).

  • Movement of vehicles on a lane, driveway, yard or other area that provides access to, or a parking facility at, any residential, farming or business premises, if the area has been sufficiently cleared of flammable material to prevent the escape of fire.

  • Use or operation of a vehicle if it is for the prevention of an immediate and serious risk to the health or safety of a person or livestock, and only if all reasonable precautions have been taken to prevent the activity from creating a bush fire danger.

  • Use or operations of vehicles and undertaking of “hot works” by those persons holding a current Exemption under Bush Fires Act 1954 s. 22C (exemption from Total Fire Bans)


DFES Emergency Alert Telephone Warning System

DFES Website - Emergency Alert Telephone Warning System

Emergency Alert is the national telephone warning system used by DFES 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.

Emergency Alert is not used for every incident DFES responds to. A DFES Incident Controller assesses the level of danger to the community and if lives and homes are under direct and imminent threat, he or she will request an Emergency Alert be issued within that specific geographical area.

You do not need to register to receive a telephone warning. All landline and mobile telephone numbers (including silent numbers) are automatically registered based on their service address.