Restrictions during the Fire Danger Period
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Restrictions during the Fire Danger Period

The Fire Danger Period is when CFA restricts the use of fire in the community. This is to help prevent fires from starting.

CFA declares the Fire Danger Period for each municipality (shire or council) at different times in the lead up to the fire season. It depends on the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and other local conditions.

The Fire Danger Period may be declared as early as October in some municipalities, and typically remains in place until the fire danger lessens, which could be as late as May. 

The Fire Danger Period is NOT the same thing as a Total Fire Ban

Local municipality (council or shire) restrictions

Your local council or shire may have their own local laws about lighting fires. Contact your local council to find out what municipal local laws may be in place. Local laws may be in place all year.

Fire restriction dates by municipality


  Restrictions in force

View a map of fire restrictions by municipality

  No restrictions in force

Note - A separate Total Fire Ban declaration will mean no fires can be lit for the declared district for that day. This is irrespective of whether the Fire Danger Period has been introduced in a municipality or not.

Local municipality (council or shire) boundary map are produced in PDF format and vary file size from 500kb to 1mb. PDFs allow you to download, print and share online content. To access PDF files download the free Acrobat Reader.

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