City of Port Lincoln

Fire Danger Season

During the Fire Danger Season there are strict controls on the lighting of fires and the use of certain tools in the open.  For information on what you can do and what you can’t do click on the Fact Sheet - Restrictions provided by the CFS.

The CFS has available from their website a range of Fact Sheets and brochures to help you prepare for the Fire Danger Season covering the following topics:

  • Planning to Survive a Bushfire
  • Understanding Bushfires and Warnings
  • Preparing Yourself
  • Preparing your Property
  • Pets, Horses and Livestock
  • Machinery, Storage, Permits and Restrictions
  • Preparing Your Business
  • Preparing with Others
  • Surviving while Travelling and on Holidays
  • Aerial Firefighting

Pursuant to Section 105(F) of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005, an owner of private land must take reasonable steps:

a)      to prevent or inhibit the outbreak of fire on the land; and
b)      to prevent or inhibit the spread of fire through the land; and
c)      to protect property on the land from fire; and
d)      to minimise the threat to human life from a fire on the land.
Maximum penalty $5000.

Preparation of your home and property throughout the year will ensure that you, your property and your family are given the best chance to survive a bushfire.  A well prepared home is more likely to survive a bushfire than one that has not been prepared.  Staying informed is also critical on days of high fire danger.  Look and listen for information on television, radio, internet, mobile phones and by speaking with your neighbours, do not rely on one source of information as power and online services can be lost during a fire.

The CFS recommends that you download the official South Australian Government Alert SA App which provides a comprehensive view of hazards across the State.  The Alert SA App provides access to timely, relevant and personalised event and warning information sourced from a wide range of emergency service Agencies, Government and Community Partners. 

To find out more visit  and to download the Alert SA App visit   

Burning during the Fire Danger Season

Burning should not be carried out during the Fire Danger Season without a Schedule 9 permit issued by your local Council other than a fire used for cooking and personal comfort.

If you want to burn during the Fire Danger Season you will need to complete the Application Form below and submit to Council for approval.  Once Council has received your application form a Compliance Officer will be in contact with you to arrange a time to inspect the site. 

No burning can commence unless you have received a Schedule 9 Permit provided by the local Council and/or CFS.     

5-71-T14 Application Form – Schedule 9 Permit

Total Fire Ban Days

No burning should be carried out on a Total Fire Ban day without a Schedule 10 permit issued by the local Council and/or CFS.   

To check if a Total Fire Ban has been declared for your region visit  If you are unsure about what restrictions there are during a Total Fire Ban day visit the CFS website for more information and/or if in doubt, phone the Bushfire Information Hotline 1300 362 361 or if you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, contact the CFS through the National Relay Service on 133 677.

New Environment Protection Policy

The new Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 has taken effect from July 2016 replacing and consolidating four EPA policies:

  • Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 1994
  • Environment Protection (Burning) Policy 1994
  • Environment Protection (Motor Vehicle Fuel Quality) Policy 2002
  • Environment Protection (Solid Fuel Heaters) Policy 2015

The new Air Quality policy includes new powers for Council to issue permits to authorise certain burning activities.  As there are changes in policy City of Port Lincoln are developing a policy and will be available on the website when finalised. For information on the changes and to view the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 click the links below provided for your reference:

Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016  
Environment Protection Authority

Native Vegetation Management

Reducing the amount of vegetation around your property is a good way to reduce the fuel a bushfire needs to burn.  There are rules to help manage bushfire risks and protect lives and property, while minimising the impacts on native vegetation, animals and their ecosystems.  To learn more about the clearing of Native Vegetation visit

Other Useful Links  Your Guide to Bushfire Safety Brochure Native Vegetation Fact Sheet  Factsheet bushfire safety  Bushfire Prevention Activities Poster is a free message service which provides timely and accurate information from SA Power Networks regarding power at your property.  Native Vegetation  Native Vegetation Council

Greater Port Lincoln Bushfire Prevention Committee

The City of Port Lincoln are members of the Greater Port Lincoln Bushfire Prevention Committee, whom have prepared a bushfire prevention plan that focuses on Port Lincoln and it's immediate surrounds.To view a copy of the Plan please click here.

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