Total fire bans and park fire bans

What is a total fire ban?

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service may declare a Total Fire Ban for particular NSW Fire Areas or state-wide.

During a total fire ban (minimum 24 hour period): 

  • all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited
  • all visitor-owned gas and electric barbecues and cookers of any sort are prohibited
  • gas/electric barbecues installed by NPWS are permitted.

Landholders who have received a hazard reduction permit from the Rural Fire Service to undertake prescribed burning are not allowed to light fires during Total Fire Bans.

To find out where and when a total fire ban has been declared visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

What is a park fire ban?

A park fire ban is overridden by a total fire ban.

NPWS may declare a park fire ban or even close particular reserves where the potential risk to visitors from fire is high. This includes reserves with limited access (e.g. only one road in and out), with a high or very high overall fuel hazard or reserves where all visitor access sites are upslope from vegetated areas.

During park fire ban periods:

  • all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited
  • visitor-owned gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:
    • they are under direct control of an adult
    • the ground within 2 metres of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials, and
    • there is an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket).

For more park fire ban information contact the local NPWS office.

Parks and reserves to which a park fire ban applies or that have been closed due to fire are listed on the fires, floods and closures page.

Page last updated: 23 December 2013