Fire Danger Season
The Fire Danger Season generally runs from November through to April, although these dates may change due to seasonal conditions.
The exact dates are published prior to the Fire Danger Season on the CFS website.
During the Fire Danger Season restrictions are placed on lighting fires to reduce the chances of large fires starting.
These restrictions are escalated when a Total Fire Ban Day is declared.
Outside of this period, rural land owners still require a permit to burn under the Environment Protection Act 1993. The application form can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
No burning is permitted in the township area (excludes areas zoned Rural in the Town of Gawler Development Plan)
Burning is only permitted in the non-township area between 10am and 3pm Mon - Sat (not on public holidays or Total Fire Ban Days)
Fire Danger Season: Generally from 30 November to 30 April - refer CFS website for latest update.
Beginning April 1st until the 30th of November, Rural land owners require a permit to burn under the Environment Protection Act 1993.
Notices are issued from October to November, to the owners/occupants of land to take action to remedy properties assessed to have an unreasonable risk of fire on the land.
Pursuant to Section 105(f) of the Fire and Emergency Services ACT 2005, Land owners are required to take action to protect the property on the land from fire, or to prevent or inhibit the outbreak of fire on the land, or the spread of fire through the land by;
The clearing of flammable or potentially flammable undergrowth on the land to a maximum height of 10cm within fourteen (14) days, of receiving a Flammable Undergrowth Notice.
Definition - "Flammable Undergrowth means grass, weeds and any other growth which may become flammable if not destroyed in the ordinary course of the season."
If the owner/occupant of the land fails to comply with a notice served upon him/her pursuant to the above Act, council and its agents may enter upon the land and carry out the requirements of such notice. All rural properties are required to have a 4 metre fire break all around the perimeter of the property, even if the property owners have stock on the land, and a 20 metre fire break around any structures, buildings etc. on the property.
Any expense incurred by the council pursuant to the above Act may be recovered from the said owner/occupier. Council fees in such instances will be charged at an hourly rate for any properties over half an acre. The clearing of properties by burning is not permitted.