Fire Danger Season
The Fire Danger Season commences on 1 November and concludes on 15 April each year unless extended by the SA Country Fire Service.
During the Fire Danger Season there are strict controls on the lighting of fires and the use of certain tools in the open. It is important that you understand what you can and can't do during this period - refer to the CFS website at www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/bans_and_ratings/what_can_i_do_what_cant_i_do.jsp.
The CFS has available from their website a range of Fact Sheets and Guides to help you prepare for the Fire Danger Season.
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, social media, 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.
Burning should not be carried out during the Fire Danger Season without a Schedule 9 permit issued by 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 Schedule 9 Permit Application Form 5-71-T14 and submit to Council for approval either by:
City of Port Lincoln
PO Box 1787
PORT LINCOLN SA 5606
Level One, Civic Centre, 60 Tasman Terrace,
PORT LINCOLN SA 5606
Once Council has received your application a Community Liaison 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 Council and/or CFS.
No burning should be carried out on a Total Fire Ban day without a Schedule 10 permit issued by Council and/or CFS.
To check if a Total Fire Ban has been declared for your region visit www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/bans_and_ratings.jsp.
If you are unsure about what restrictions there are during a Total Fire Ban day visit the CFS website www.cfs.sa.gov.au 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.
The burning of garden refuse, dry grass and materials for bushfire prevention in South Australia is regulated by the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005. In addition, the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 aims to protect and improve the environment and the health of South Australians by reducing the impact of smoke on human health.
For the purposes of the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 the City of Port Lincoln is classified as a ‘non-metropolitan’ Council indicating that Section 5(2)(b) of the Policy is applicable in relation to permissible burning activities.
Council's Fire Management - Bushfire Prevention and Air Quality Control 5.63.9 Policy sets out the requirements of the relevant legislation and instances when permits for burning are required.
For further information about permissible burning activities residents are directed to the Environment Protection Authority’s website www.epa.sa.gov.au.
Information on the types of fuel reduction and fire protection works able to be undertaken by landowners in accordance with the Native Vegetation Act 1991 and Native Vegetation Regulations 2017 is available from the Native Vegetation Group on 08 8214 4744.
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 www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/prepare_for_a_fire/prepare_your_home_and_property/native_vegetation_management.jsp.
www.poweratmyplace.com.au/ is a free message service which provides timely and accurate information from SA Power Networks regarding power at your property.
Need more information
If you have any questions on protecting your property or burning permits, please contact:
City of Port Lincoln
Community Liaison and Fire Prevention Officer
9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
Phone: 8621 2300