Fire danger season
The Fire Danger Season is set by the Country Fire Service (CFS). This is a period during the year which carries a greater risk of the spread or outbreak of fire. During the Fire Danger Season, a range of restrictions is placed on activities that are likely to increase the risk of fire outbreak. These include the use of certain tools, burning and some barbecues.
The State of South Australia is divided into 15 districts. Our area falls within the Mount Lofty Ranges fire ban district, which has a declared Fire Danger Season of 1 December to 30 April.
Fire Danger Season can often commence earlier in the year or extend to a later date due to dry conditions. The changes to the season are determined by the CFS and are based on various factors including data and assessments undertaken by Council’s Fire Prevention Officers.
To see the declared Fire Danger Season dates for all districts, please refer to the CFS website.
Total Fire Ban
In addition to the Fire Danger Season, the CFS can declare a Total Fire Ban which enforces higher levels of restrictions due to a much higher risk. This is often due to high winds and high temperature.
Restrictions during the Fire Danger Season
The CFS website provides valuable information on the restrictions on tools, appliances and the use of fire both during the Fire Danger Season and on Total Fire Ban days in an easy to follow format.
For exceptional or urgent activities during the Fire Danger Season, authorised Council Officers can issue a permit. If approved and issued, this permit will enable an activity to be undertaken which would otherwise not be permitted during the Fire Danger Season or on a Total Fire Ban day.
There are two types of permits available:
- Schedule 9 permit: Allows activities or fire on days during the Fire Danger Season that are not Total Fire Ban days.
- Schedule 10 permit: Allows for emergency activities or fire on days of Total Fire Ban days.
Officers are required to follow strict CFS requirements. Schedule 10 permits will generally not be issued when the day carries an ‘extreme’ or ‘catastrophic’ rating. Officers will assess the application and undertake an inspection to determine if issuing the permit is warranted and justified, or whether the activity can be postponed to a more suitable day.
In the event a permit is issued, it will carry strict conditions which may include an obligation to undertake certain notifications or implement certain measures to ensure the activity is undertaken safely.