Total Fire Ban

A Total Fire Ban is declared when a fire is likely to spread rapidly (due to extreme fire weather) or if widespread fires are already burning and firefighting resources are stretched. You must notify DFES and Local Government of work taking place outside during a TFB.

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Total Fire Ban

What can’t you do?

On a Total Fire Ban day you are not allowed to light an open-air fire or conduct any activity that could start a fire. This includes lighting a campfire, using a welder, grinder or incinerator, conducting a burn-off, burning leaves and garden waste, firing up a wood or charcoal BBQ, using a wood-fired pizza oven, driving a vehicle in fire-prone areas and more.

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What are the penalties for breaching a Total Fire Ban?

When you breach a Total Fire Ban you not only put people's lives and properties in danger, but you could also face a $1,000 on-the-spot fine. And, if it's a serious breach, you could be fined up to $25,000 and even receive jail time of up to 12 months.

What should I know about a Total Fire Ban?

There are a few handy things you should know about a Total Fire Ban:

  • They are announced either in the afternoon, the day before, or on the actual day.
  • They affect farmers, campers, construction workers and residents (urban and rural).
  • They usually start at midnight and last for 24 hours.
  • Exemptions can be granted for some industries and activities.
  • Any burning permits that residents or landowners have are fully suspended until the ban is over.

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