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CFS Bushfire Information Hotline: 1300 362 361

Bushfire Prevention

The Aldgate CFS conducts controlled burn-offs for local residents to help prepare the community for the Fire Danger Season.
If you have a considerable pile of vegetation you would like burnt off, please feel free to contact the Brigade.
We appreciate if the combustible material is kept dry in a neat pile in a sensible location, with at least 4.0 metres clearance, above and around, of all flammable materials, particularly trees, dense scrub, long grass, and so on.
As we are a volunteer organisation, our services are provided free of charge (but we are always grateful for donations).

If you are conducting a pre-season burn-off without CFS attendance, we ask that you please take extreme care in managing and controlling the fire, or it is likely we will end up attending anyway.
We recommend that you:

  • Notify the neighbours that you will be conducting a burn-off,
  • Clear away all flammable material 4.0 meters above and around the pile or area to be burnt,
  • Stay by the fire from when it is lit until it has died down,
  • Have means to extinguish the fire at hand, preferably a long hose with ample pressure,
  • Monitor the surrounding vegetation for spot fires,
  • Douse the fire thoroughly.

Remember, Bushfire Prevention is Everyone's Responsibility.

Preparing for a Bushfire

For detailed information on bushfire preparation, please visit the official CFS website.

Bushfire Ready

Bushfire Season Information

Aldgate lies within the Mount Lofty Fire Ban District, with a Fire Danger Season usually declared between the 1st of December and the 30th of April. This should be confirmed in October, visit CFS :: Fire Danger Season Dates for this year's dates.
During the Fire Danger Season, a high level of care must be taken when using any possible ignition source out of doors. The use of fires in the open during the Fire Danger Season is strictly regulated under the Fire & Emergency Services Act 2005, with penalties of up to $10,000 or imprisonment for up to two years for illegal burning.
On days of extreme weather conditions (high wind and high temperature), the risk of bushfires in the Adelaide Hills is incredibly high, and so Total Fire Bans will be declared on these days. Total Fire Ban days are just that - a 24 hours of total fire ban. This includes fires for food and personal comfort, and angle grinders or welders. On Total Fire Ban days, no fires are permitted.

Fire Danger Season - What is permitted?

Fires for personal comfort or for cooking are permitted - except on Total Fire Ban days - subject to the following constraints:

  • The fire must be contained in a properly constructed fire place (Chimaneas are permitted, Braziers are not), or
  • A portable appliance exclusively constructed for cooking purposes (such as a Weber), or
  • In a trench at least 300mm deep, and
    • The fire does not occupy an area in excess of 1.0 metre square, and
    • The ground and air space within a distance of 4.0 meters from the outer perimeter and the upper most point of the burning material is clear of all flammable material, and
    • A person who is able to control the fire is present at the time it is lit until the time it is completely extinguished, with means to extinguish the fire (a long hose with ample pressure, a fire extinguisher, and so on) at hand.

Welders, angle grinders and other cutting tools are permitted - except on Total Fire Ban days - subject to the following constraints:

  • The ground and air space within a distance of 4.0 meters from the outer perimeter and the upper most point of the cutting area is clear of all flammable material, and
  • Means to extinguish a fire, such as a long hose with ample pressure, a fire extinguisher, and so on, are at hand.

Gas and electric barbecues are permitted, but must be located within 15.0 metres of a dwelling on a Total Fire Ban day. The same constraints as apply for personal comfort and cooking fires must be adhered to throughout the Fire Danger Season.

Burning-off is not permitted without a Schedule 9 Permit from the Adelaide Hills Council. On Total Fire Ban days, a Schedule 10 Permit is required.

For detailed information on what is permitted, please visit the official Country Fire Service website: CFS :: What Can I Do or phone the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.
To check if today is a Total Fire Ban day, visit CFS :: Fire Bans

 
30/09/2009
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