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 the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service 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?

See the NPWS visitor website for more information about

Page last updated: 01 July 2014