Current fire season status: open fire season
There are three fire seasons you should be aware of:
- Open Fire Season
No fire permit is needed to light a fire in the open air
- Restricted Fire Season
A fire permit from the relevant rural fire authority is required to light a fire in the open air
- Prohibited Fire Season
Total fire ban and lighting of fires is not permitted in the open air
You should know what fire season is operating if you are travelling or visiting a rural fire area. Changes to fire seasons are notified by radio announcements or newspaper advertisements or information is available directly from the relevant rural fire authority.
When do I need a fire permit?
You'll need a fire permit during a Restricted fire season. Check with the relevant local Rural Fire Authority regarding what fire season is in place. However, even if you have a permit you are still responsible for a fire that spreads and causes damage. Failure to obtain a permit for a fire is an offence against the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 carrying a $1,500 fine.
Applying for a fire permit
Fire permits must be applied for from the relevant authority and can take up to 48 hours to process. Permits are for the hours between 7am to 3pm only and are normally valid for 14 days. We can direct you to the appropriate authority.
How the rural fire system works