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Know what you can and can’t do this summer

Summer is just around the corner, and as the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer it’s easy to get swept up in the holiday festivities.

By: CFA News


But it’s important to remember that summer also brings a higher risk of fire.

Whether you’re preparing your property, conducting a burn off, or merely dusting off the barbecue, it’s important to know what you can and can’t do when the risk of fire is higher.

Fire Danger Periods are declared by CFA for municipalities within the country area of Victoria, for the purpose of limiting the lighting of fires. Total Fire Bans are declared on days when fires are likely to spread rapidly and be difficult to control.

When a Total Fire Ban is declared, you may well wonder:
• Can I still have a barbecue?
• Can I go ahead with my burn off?
• Can I light a camp fire?

CFA’s updated Can I or Can’t I? guide can help you make the right decision.

The guide clearly explains what your responsibilities are, and what activities you can and can’t do during declared Fire Danger Periods and Total Fire Ban days when fires in the open air are legally restricted.   

The new version of the guide is available via the Can I or Can’t I page on the CFA website.

The penalties for lighting fires illegally during the Fire Danger Period and on Total Fire Ban Days are high, so make sure you’re informed this summer.

To view Fire Danger Period and Total Fire declarations for your area, visit

To download a copy of the new Can I or Can't I brochure go to: