Fire Prevention

Fire Hazard Reduction 

Fire Hazard Reduction

Fire Danger Season Dates

District: Flinders

Start Date: 1 November 2017

End Date: 15 April 2018

Fire danger seasons are subject to change please visit or contact the CFS Hotline on 1300 362 361 for more information. To find out what you can and cannot do during this time please visit the CFS What Can I do/ What Can't I Do? Page

Backyard Burning

The Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 came into effect on 23 July 2016 and provides a legislative basis for air quality regulation and management in the state.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) South Australia outlines some of the key changes in the Air Quality Policy which include: 

  • The EPA taking a 'whole-of-air-shed' approach to managing air quality
  • Regulating the sale and installation of wood heaters, and the sale of firewood
  • streamlining Council management of burning in the open through consistent and coherent regulation across the State, and ensuring the ability to burn off for bushfire prevention is maintained 
  • greater consideration of risk to health and the environment when setting stack emission limits

For more information please visit the EPA's website.

Council reminds ratepayers that backyard burning is prohibited, however there are exceptions to this rule. For more information contact a Fire Prevention Officer. Contact Details for Fire Prevention Officers are below.  

Burning Permit issued in accordance with clause 6 of the Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016

At its ordinary Meeting of Council held 16 August 2016 Council resolved:

That, in relation to the Environmental Protection Authority (Air Quality) Policy 2016, Council:

  1. Issues a notice published on the Council's website and in a newspaper circulating within the council area allowing the burning of ‘dry firewood’ for the purposes of heating an outdoor area in a brazier, chiminea, firepit or defined campfire with a safe, cleared surrounding area, in accordance with section 6(1)(c) and (3)(a)(ii); and
  2. Does not issue burning permits for the burning of prunings and other vegetation in townships.

Details of the permit are available in the below link.

Burning Permit Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016(370 kb)

Permit Information

Sections 79 and 80 of the Fire and Emergency Services Act, 2005 and Regulations 33 - 46, permit the use of specified types of fires and activities. They include fires used for cooking and personal comfort, gas fired appliances for cooking purposes or electric welding equipment and gas fires used for other purposes, provided they are lit in accordance with the conditions that apply to their use.

All Other Fire Require a Permit:

There are two types of permits that can be issued by an Authorised Officer:

  • Ninth Schedule permits may be issued for fires or activities on days during the Fire Danger Season that are not Total Fire Ban days.
  • Tenth Schedule permits may be issued for fires or activities on days that are Total Fire Bans.

Applying for a Permit:

Contact your closest Authorised Permit Officer.

You can apply to an Authorised Officer for permit either personally, by mail, email, over the telephone or via radio. The Authorised Officer will assess your permit application prior to issuing a Permit. 

Permit Officers in Region 4:

Kym Harvie 8658 60323
Paul Wurst  8668 5014 / 0406 678 552
Booleroo Centre   
Todd Orrock 0428 672 223
Robert Robinson 8667 2096
Phillip Nottle 0427 662 042
Port Germein  
Peter Dennis 8634 6031
Graham Pole 8634 5201
Geoffrey Hitch 8667 5204
Greg Pech 8668 4074 / 0427 565 517 

The Authorised Officer is required to assess the permit application to ensure that:

  • he/she is satisfied that the lighting and maintaining of the fire is, in all circumstances of the case, justified; and
  • that adequate precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of fire.

Once satisfied the Authorised Officer will issue you a permit and inform you of a permit number and will subsequently send you a copy of the permit. The conditions that must be complied with are included in the permit. 

To discover more please vist the CFS website.

PO Box 94
Melrose SA 5483
Tel: 08 8666 2014| Fax: 08 8666 2169