Total fire ban restrictions

The Country Fire Authority (CFA), provide general advice on a day of total fire ban.

Fire Restrictions can be applied across most areas of Victoria by CFA, when fire danger is high. Typically this is over the summer period of November through to April. Restrictions are applied in small areas at a time.

Tools and Equipment

Tools and equipment that use a naked flame or generate sparks such as welding or grinding, must not be used in the open air.

If essential works are required to be done a special permit may be issued, after a thorough investigation of each application. Apply to your CFA Regional Office. See: Obtaining a Permit

All barbecues which use solid fuel such as wood, charcoal or briquettes are banned. This includes closed oven or kettle-type appliances.

Gas and electric barbecues provided in public reserves/campsites may be used providing:

  • the barbecue is electric or gas fired
  • the barbecue is fixed permanent structure
  • the area for 3 metres around and above the barbeque is completely cleared of flammable material
  • an adult is in attendance at all times
  • a hose connected to a reticulated water supply or vessel containing at least 10 litres of water is on hand.

Portable gas and electric barbecues may be used provided:

  • the barbecue is located within 20 metres of a permanent dwelling (mobile homes, caravans or tents are not classified as permanent dwellings)
  • the area for 3 metres around and above the barbeque is completely cleared of flammable material
  • an adult is in attendance at all times
  • a hose connected to a reticulated water supply or vessel containing at least 10 litres of water is on hand.
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