Campfires and barbeques
General advice about fire restrictions
Restrictions apply to having campfires and barbeques in Victoria. These restrictions are important to reduce the chance of a bushfire that could result in loss of life and property. They are actively enforced.
Fire restrictions for campfires and barbeques vary depending on the fire risk on a particular day or time of year, and whether the activity is on public or private land.
This page is a guide. More detail on requirements can be found in the relevant legislation or regulations. For assistance or further information, please contact your local DELWP office.
If in doubt, do not light a fire.
On Code Red fire danger rating days
State forests and national parks will be closed on Code Red days, so no campfire or barbeque activities can occur on Code Red Days.
Code Red fire danger is declared by fire ban district or the whole state. Read more on Public Safety on Public Land on Code Red Days.
On Total Fire Ban days
Total Fire Ban days are declared by fire ban district or the whole state. More information on Total Fire Bans.
Campfires and fires for warmth or personal comfort are not permitted on Total Fire Ban days. Solid and liquid fuel barbeques and ovens are also banned on Total Fire Ban days.
Barbeques fired by gas or electricity are permitted on Total Fire Ban days, as long as you follow the prevention measures and the appliance
- is a permanently fixed structure built of stone, metal, concrete or another non-flammable material designed exclusively for meal preparation, or
- is designed and commercially manufactured exclusively for meal preparation (including portable barbecues), and when alight is placed in a stable position.
The fire prevention measures are:
- the area within a distance of 3 metres from the outer perimeter of the barbecue is clear of flammable material
- you have either a hose connected to a water supply or a vessel with at least 10 litres of water for immediate use
- an adult is there at all times when the fire is alight who has the capacity and means to extinguish the fire
- the fire is completely extinguished before the adult leaves.
Note that parks and picnic areas may be closed on days of elevated fire danger. Read more on total fire ban park closures
At all other times
On state forest, national park and protected public land, campfires and barbeques are permitted in the open air as long as you observe the following conditions:
for solid fuel:
- the fire is lit in a properly constructed fireplace or in a trench at least 30cm deep
- the fire does not occupy an area exceeding 1 square metre in any direction
- all dimensions of the solid fuel are less than 1 metre
- the ground and airspace within a distance of 3 meters from the outer perimeter and upper most point of the fire are clear of flammable material
for liquid, gaseous or chemical solid fuel:
- the fire is contained in an appliance designed and commercially manufactured to use that fuel and
- the appliance when alight is placed in a stable position and
- the ground and airspace within 1.5 metres of the appliance is clear of flammable material
In parks and reserves additional restrictions may apply to campfires and barbeques. When planning to have a campfire or barbeque in a national park, always check with Parks Victoria for any park specific restrictions. Information about additional restrictions applying in State forests reserves can be obtained on DELWP's Visiting State Forests page.
Note: Always ensure that the fire is completely extinguished before you leave, or ensure that a person who has the capacity and means to extinguish the fire is in charge of it. Never leave a campfire or barbeque unattended. In a state forest, national park or on protected public land the person in charge of a campfire or barbeque must not be outside the line of sight of it, or be more than 50 metres away from it (this does not apply to private land where the seasonal prohibited period is in effect).
In national parks, check with Parks Victoria, as there may be restrictions applying within the specific park.
When a seasonal prohibited period is declared, usually during the warmer months, the restrictions described above for state forest, national park and protected public land also apply to private land within 1.5km of public land in parts of Gippsland and North-east Victoria, unless noted otherwise. Check: Fire restrictions –prohibited period dates and locations