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Safe Burning

Even if you've been using fire on your property for years, safe burning is your responsibility.

Every year, fire services attend to hundreds of fires which start due to the careless use of fire.

In some cases, fires have been lit illegally. Many have escaped, threatening homes, crops and livelihoods.

There are simple things you can do to make sure you use fire safely on your property and avoid becoming the fire risk to your community.

Things to remember

  • Rules and laws on safe burning are there to keep you and your community safe.
  • Get a fire permit. Permits are required during the Bush Fire Danger Period.
  • Fire permits are free and easy to get. Contact your local Fire Control Centre or Fire and Rescue NSW station for a free permit.

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Your Safe Burning Checklist

BEFORE

Check BoxCheck you’re allowed to burn. Are you allowed to have a burn in your area? Check with your council or local Fire Control Centre. There are alternative ways to get rid of waste or vegetation – talk to your council to discuss further.
Check BoxGet a permit. Permits are required during the Bush Fire Danger Period. They're free and easy to get. Contact your local Fire Control Centre or Fire and Rescue NSW fire station at least 24 hours before you plan to burn.  
Check BoxLet people know. Make sure you notify your neighbours at least 24 hours before you intend to burn.

ON THE DAY

Check BoxCheck weather conditions like the fire danger rating, wind and temperature. Permits may be suspended during bad conditions. If there's a total fire ban, no fire is allowed out in the open.
Check BoxMake sure you're using fire safely. Check your permit for any special conditions. Ensure you have a cleared area around any material you're burning and monitor conditions closely.
Check BoxIf the fire gets out of control, call Triple Zero. It's important that you monitor the fire and have firefighting equipment on hand. If you have any problems, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

AFTER

Check BoxExtinguish the fire and monitor it. Keep an eye on the material or area you've been burning and call Triple Zero (000) if the fire causes any concern.

GOT QUESTIONS?

Contact your local Fire Control Centre or call 1800 NSW RFS.