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Barbecues and fire risks

During the Fire Danger Season, there are restrictions placed on the use of barbecues. During this period, if you are planning on cooking in a solid fuel barbecue, such as a Weber, please ensure you have a back-up plan in case the CFS declares a Total Fire Ban.

You can find a four-day forecast of fire bans and ratings on the CFS website. This will assist in your planning and preparation for barbecue use. Any official declaration will be made at 5:00pm the day prior.

A Total Fire Ban extends from midnight to midnight on the day. Please read the following information carefully and plan to have a back-up cooking method ready during Fire Danger Season.

BBQ use on a Total Fire Ban day

The use of solid fuel barbecues which use briquettes, charcoal or timber as the heat source (e.g. Webers, Charcoal Rotisseries, Wood-Fired Pizza Ovens or Smokers) is prohibited on Total Fire Ban days.

Gas or electric barbecues can be used on Total Fire Ban days, but only within 15 metres of domestic premises, providing:

  • There is a 4-metre area, cleared of all flammable material, around and above the barbecue.
  • A responsible person who can control the fire is in attendance at all times with water or an extinguisher at hand.
  • The barbecue is completely extinguished before leaving the area.

BBQ use during the Fire Danger Season

Solid fuel, gas or electric barbecues can be used during the Fire Danger Season, providing:

  • There is a four-metre area, cleared of all flammable material, around and above the barbeque.
  • A responsible person who can control the fire is in attendance at all times with water or an extinguisher at hand.
  • The barbecue is completely extinguished before leaving the area.

Wood-fired pizza ovens are also permitted to be used during the Fire Danger Season (not on Total Fire Ban Days) providing the pizza oven complies with the CFS code of practice.

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