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Fire Protection

Fire Season & Control

Fire Ban Season generally begins on the 1st November each year and ends on the 15th April.This is subject to confirmation and gazettal by the Minister. Please check the CFS website to check current fire restriction for your area.

Total Fire Bans may be declared in the district or even across the whole State on days when fires may be caused or become uncontrollable due to extreme weather conditions (high wind and high temperature).

Total Fire ban days are broadcast on radio from 6.00pm and will apply for 24 hours from midnight to midnight the following day.

If you have any doubt about lighting any fire during the Fire Danger Season call the council office on (08) 8658 1260 or use the CFS Fire Bans Hotline 1300 362 361 to seek advice.

Alert Sa SA Alert 2

The Alert SA App is now available to download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, providing the South Australian community with timely, relevant bushfire information this summer. Alert SA displays bushfire alerts, warnings, updates, Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans. For more information about Alert SA, please visit

This website also provides direct download links to the Apple App Store and Google Play Stores. Residents are reminded to stay vigilant during the fire danger season, be prepared, listen to warnings on the radio, television and do not just rely on the Alert SA App during times of an emergency.

Fire Restrictions

During the Fire Ban Season, fire restrictions apply.

Restrictions include:

When using an incinerator you must have:

  • A clearing of four metres around it
  • A responsible person must be present at all times with water or an extinguisher
  • All doors and openings on the incinerator should be closed and screens and guards should be in place

When having a Barbecue :

  • A four metre clearance around and above the barbecue is required
  • A responsible person must be present at all times with water or an extinguisher

When using a chainsaw, brushcutter, mower or slasher:

  • An exhaust pipe is fitted with an efficient spark arrester
  • You have a four metre cleared space around the area or the operator has a shovel or rake, and a portable water spray in good working order

For more information on what you can do/ what you cannot do see

Land owners in rural areas require a permit to burn under the Environment Protection Act 1993.

Fire Permits

Fire permits can be obtained however conditions must be followed. Most importantly the permit holder must notify all of the people listed on the permit at least 2 hours before they intend to light the fire. In most cause the permit holder would have to notify:

  • All neighbours that join your property
  • An officer at the local council
  • the local CFS brigade.

Permit Officers

Permits can be obtained by contacting one of your local Permit Officers below:

Geoff Gibb                     

Sixth Street


Work: (08) 8658 1103

Home: (08) 8658 1013

Brian McNamara          

PMB 19


(08) 8658 1256

Stuart Shute               Fire Prevention Officer

District Council of Orroroo Carrieton

PO Box 3


Work: (08) 8658 1260

Mob: 0498 067 733

Protecting your family, farm and animals

In case of fire in your home

  • 000
  • Is your house number clearly visible from the street so that emergency vehicles can find you?
  • Have you practiced a fire escape plan?
  • Do all members of your family know to STOP, COVER, DROP and ROLL if clothing catches fires?
  • Do you keep keys to deadlocks ready for an emergency?
  • Do you have a smoke detector(s) installed in your home? Are they checked monthly?
  • Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?
  • Does your garden hose reach all points of the house?

Fires are inevitable but if we are well prepared then your chances of saving yourself your home and your livelihood are considerably increased.

More useful information on Fire Protection can be found at