Coorong District Council

Fire Prevention

Property owners must take reasonable steps to protect their land from fire and to prevent or inhibit the outbreak of fire on the land, or the spread of fire through the land.  The reduction of fuel and the appropriate management of on site vegetation (grass, tree cuttings or litter etc) are the best methods to minimise the potential for a fire. 

 Fire Danger Season / Fire Permits

Durring the prescribed Fire Danger Season it is prohibited to burn, however PERMITS MAY BE ISSUED from the middle of February, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS.  

During the Fire Danger Season almost all fires in the open require permits, below is a list of the following exceptions to this other than on a Total Fire Ban day include:

  • A campfire for personal warmth or cooking purposes provided the fire is contained in portable cooking appliance or a trench 30cm deep and the fire does not occupy an area exceeding one square metre and there is a four metre clearance of flammable material around the fire.
  • A fire for burning of refuse provided the fire is contained in a properly constructed incinerator.
  • Gas or Electric cooking appliances
  • Electric welders, mechanical cutting tools and gas equipment such as oxy equipment.

Please contact the Fire Prevention Officer or a Permit Officer for further information.

 Fire Bans

On days of extreme weather conditions Fire Bans may be declared for various areas in the State.  To determine whether a fire ban has been imposed, phone the CFS hotline on 1300 362 361 or vist CFS website on

Total Fire Ban Days

All fires are prohibited on a total fire ban day unless a permit has been issued.  However permits will only be issued in special circumstances.  Note: Electric welders, mechanical cutting tools and gas appliances require a permit before they can be used in the open on a day of total fire ban.

Fireworks Permits

No permits will be issued during the Fire Danger Season for the use of fireworks. Permits will be issued to a licensed pyrotechnist for fireworks used in association with community events.

Persons who have obtained a permit and fail to comply with any of the conditions imposed may be refused future permit applications and will be responsible for all CFS and Police costs.

Cooking or heating Appliances

The operation of gas fire or electric elements in the open is subject to the following conditions;

  1. The space immediately around or above the gas fire or electric element must be cleared of all flammable material for a distance of four metres.
  2. A person who is able to control the gas fire or electric element must be present at all times while it is lighted or charged.
  3. An appropriate agent adequate to extinguish any fire must be at hand.

For additional information on Fire Prevention please contact Council's General Inspector - Michael Vivian on 1300 785 277 or email

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