Having a Fire

Before using forests, parks and rural lands

Before you begin your activity, make sure you:

  • get a fire permit if needed
  • check for any rules with the land manager or owner, such as rules for campfires, gas cookers and established cooking areas
  • find out about fire restrictions and the current fire danger
  • check maintenance on vehicles, machinery and equipment, including quad bikes and motor bikes
  • find out if you need a spark arrestor on your exhaust system.

Consider whether you need insurance. If you start a fire that gets out of control, you may be responsible for paying the costs of putting out the fire.

Using forest, parks and rural lands

During your activity, make sure you:

  • follow the instructions on your permit
  • have access to water if lighting a fire
  • use gas-powered cooking stoves, rather than thermettes
  • use tracer ammunition or coarse-grained gunpowder (black powder) for firearms
  • turn machinery engines off when parking them over dry, flammable material
  • keep the site clear of bottles and other reflective items that can act as magnifying glasses and start fires.

It is also important, you:

  • do not use an open flame anywhere near trees, long dry grass, and steep northerly-facing slopes.
  • do not remove or damage any signs, such as the RAPID address or water points

Leaving forests, parks or rural lands

When leaving a site, make sure you:

  • extinguish your campfire
  • dispose of ashes carefully
  • take all rubbish with you.

If in doubt – do not light a fire

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