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FAQ

What are the rules during a Total Fire Ban
During a Total Fire Ban no fire may be lit in the open. Fire permits are suspended during a Total Fire Ban. This includes incinerators and barbecues which burn solid fuel, e.g. wood or charcoal.

Can I have a BBQ during a Total Fire Ban
You may use a gas or electric BBQ, but only if:

  • it is on a residential property within 20m of the house or dwelling
  • if it is a picnic area and the appliance is approved by council, National Park or State Forest
  • it is under the direct control of an adult
  • the ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all materials which could burn
  • you have an immediate and continuous supply of water available.

When is a Total Fire Ban declared?
For public safety, a Total Fire Ban is declared for days when fires are likely to escape and be difficult to contain. Extreme fire danger is caused by a combination of dry vegetation and hot, dry, windy weather.

The Bureau of Meteorology provides advice on forecast weather conditions and fire danger ratings during the Bushfire Danger Period.

The RFS Commissioner declares Total Fire Bans based on this advice and other information. This decision is generally made at around 5pm each afternoon during the Bushfire Danger Period and the Total Fire Ban applies for the following day, starting from midnight and lasting 24 hours.

The RFS Commissioner is also responsible for exemptions to Total Fire Bans. A range of activities may be exempt from Total Fire Bans, such as emergency infrastructure work or ceremonial fires. These are detailed in the NSW Government Gazette each time a ban is declared.

How will you know if a Total Fire Ban is declared?
Check the RFS website Current Fire Danger Map or call 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737), or the local RFS Fire Control Centre. Announcements are also made in newspapers, on the radio and on television.

You must know what NSW Fire Area you are in to determine if a Total Fire Ban applies to you. You can check this on the Current Fire Danger Map. You just need to know the name of the Council, then click on the area it is in. The name of the Council will appear on the right hand side of the map underneath the name of the NSW Fire Area it is in.You can then check if a Total Fire Ban applies by:

What NSW Fire area is Annangrove in?
Annangrove is in the Greater Sydney Region (Area 4).The Total Fire Ban map can be found on the NSW Rural Fire Service Web site Total Fire Ban Map.

When Is the Fire Danger Period
The Fire Danger Period is normally from the 1st October to the 31st March however this may be altered at the discretion of the Fire Control Center.

Please note that other restrictions, approvals and/or permits may apply to council areas where the Bush Fire Danger Period has not been delcared. For example, a Fire Permit is required if a fire could impact a building. Backyard burning is not permitted in many suburban areas due to environmental regulations and Council permission is required. Call your local RFS Fire Control Centre, NSW Fire Brigades station or Council for advice.

What are the rules during the Bushfire Danger Period?
Fire permits:

Permits are required in order to reduce the risk of burn-offs getting out of control and becoming major bushfires.

The permit system informs fire authorities of exactly when and where landowners intend to burn so they can plan for emergencies.

  • you need a fire permit from your RFS Fire Control Centre, permit issuing officer or NSW Fire Brigades Station to burn off
  • notify your neighbours at least 24 hours before you light the fire
  • make sure someone is there all the time the fire is alight
  • observe all conditions of the permit
  • fire permits are suspended if a Total Fire Ban is declared

    Penalty up to $5,500/12 months imprisonment

Cooking or heating fires:

  • you do not need a permit for cooking and heating fires
  • only Iight cooking and heating fires in an area surrounded by ground that is clear of all combustible matter for a distance of at least 2 metres
  • make sure the fi re is completely out before leaving the area

Penalty up to $5,500/12 months imprisonment

Smoking:

  • don’t drop or throw down any lighted cigarette, match or anything burning on any land, bridge, wharf, pontoon or similar
  • don’t light or carry a lighted cigarette or match within 15m of stacked or standing crops

Penalty up to $5,500
 

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