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March 2015 Issue
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How to start a fire safely

A campfire is one of life's great pleasures, but only when lit safely.

Trust us, you don’t want to be responsible for shutting a national park due to your careless fire

It’s against the law to start a wildfire – even if it’s an accident. If you are found to be responsible for starting a wildfire, you will have to pay for it and costs can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Always check whether you’re allowed to light a fire in the open. Sometimes a permit may be required or you might not be allowed to light a fire at all.

  • If you intend to light a fire, check the weather conditions and the Fire Weather Index
  • Avoid lighting a fire on a windy day
  • Ensure there are at least three metres of clearing around the area
  • Never leave your fire unattended
  • Completely extinguish your fire by dousing it with water and stirring the ashes until cold when you leave the area