Fire Prevention

Under no circumstances are fires of any sort,  permitted on a total fire ban day.

No fires are permitted within the townships of Bramfield, Elliston, Lock, Sheringa, Port Kenny or Venus Bay during the fire danger season which runs from 1 November to 15 April each year, unless brought forward or extended by the Country Fire Service (CFS).

For burning off in townships outside of the bushfire season the following conditions must be adhered to:

  • Contact Council before lighting the fire
  • Only burn between the hours of 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday
  • Ensure a space immediately around and about the fire is cleared of all flammable material to a distance of at least four (4) metres
  • Ensure an adequate supply of water to extinguish the fire is on hand at all times
  • Ensure a person (over the age of 16 years) who is able to control the fire is present at the site of the fire from the time it is lit to the time it is completely extinguished
  • Don’t burn timber with any chemical preservatives (eg permapine, creosote) and burning any prohibited substances is also illegal
  • Consider your neighbours and let them know of your intention prior to lighting the fire
  • Remember, no fires are permitted on a total fire ban day under any circumstances
  • Before burning off, check the CFS and EPA websites for any further conditions in your area
  • In an emergency contact 000

CFS Fire Permit Officers - Elliston District

For burning off outside the township areas please contact one of the following:
Elliston Area

John Haagmans 0427 822 847

Graham Meyers 0427 879 294

Port Kenny Area

Kenny Little 8625 5103 or 0428 833 109

Eugene Tomney 8625 5030 or 0488 528 691

Lock Area

Michael Zacher 8689 1166 or 0429 891 200

Michael Zerk 8689 1221

Preparing for the Fire Danger Season

Preparing your property and yourselves for the fire danger season:

  • Cut grass to approximately 10cm height
  • Remove dead branches, eaves and undergrowth from around your home
  • Prune tree limbs less than two metres above ground
  • Prune branches overhanging your house, sheds and any other structures and your boundary fence
  • Remove bark, heavy mulch, wood piles and any other flammable materials close to your home and sheds
  • Clean out your gutters
  • Check you have completed a bushfire survival plan
  • Know your bushfire last resort refuge locations (which can be found on the CFS website)
  • Ensure  you have a battery operated radio and the renew the batteries each season
  • Ensure your home is fitted with hard wired smoke alarms and change the batteries when you adjust your clocks for daylight saving

Comfort & Cooking Fires