Fire restrictions and regulations
The consequences of an escaped fire can include loss of life and property. Penalties for inappropriate, negligent or reckless use of fire or equipment can be severe, including fines or imprisonment. Fire restrictions are actively enforced.
Fire restrictions are used to prevent bushfires. They apply to activities that may cause bushfire. Fire restrictions become more strict when the risk of bushfire increases.
To find out what restrictions apply to you, see:
- campfires and barbeques (if you are using a generator also see commercial and other activities)
- burning off on private land
- commercial and other activities (welding, grinding, apiary, catering, entertainment machinery, engines, chainsaws, motor-driven pumps, sawmilling, quarrying).
General information about fire restrictions
Public land on these fire restrictions web-pages means that part of Victoria's Crown lands that is included in the Fire Protected Area (defined below and in the Forests Act 1958).
The Prohibited Period is that period during which the Forests (Fire Protection) Regulations 2014 apply.
A permanent Prohibited Period applies the whole year on public land across Victoria.
A seasonal Prohibited Period also applies to private land in much of Gippsland (north of the Princes Highway) and north-east Victoria (south of the Hume Freeway) where the land is within 1.5km of some classes of public land.
For more detailed advice on whether this applies to you, consult the 'Fire Protected Area' section below and the page on fire restrictions fire restrictions – prohibited period dates and locations.
Fire danger period
The CFA's fire danger period takes effect in the remainder of the Country Area of Victoria (i.e. that part that is not a Fire Protected Area) and the outer suburbs of Melbourne.
The fire danger period also takes effect by municipality, generally on the same date that the Prohibited Period takes effect, but may also vary depending on the bushfire risk in a given fire season.
Check whether the fire danger period is in force in your area.
Fire Protected Area
The Fire Protected Area includes:
- Public land (statewide) - any state forest, national park and protected public land
- Private land (in Gippsland north of the Princes Hwy and Hume region south of the Hume Hwy) - within 1.5 kilometres of any national park or protected public land, or within 1.5km of most State forest (not including water frontages or unused roads).
Fire regulations overview
The rules governing fire restrictions are set down in the Forests Act 1958, Forests (Fire Protection) Regulations 2014, Safety on Public Land Act 2004, National Parks Act 1975 and Country Fire Authority Act 1958. Find these at Victorian legislation and parliamentary documents, under 'Victorian law today'.
The 'intended outcome of fire prevention is reduced incidence of bushfires caused by human ignition'. See the Code of Practice for Bushfire Management on Public Land in Victoria at risk and learning.rotected Area'