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Total fire bans and park fire bans

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide.

Read more about Total fire bans and park fire bans

What is a total fire ban

During a total fire ban (minimum 24-hour period):

  • All campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) and liquid fuel (petroleum, oil, methylated spirits, kerosene) barbecues and stoves are prohibited.
  • All visitor-owned gas and electric barbecues and cookers are prohibited. Total fire bans do not restrict the use of gas or electric cookers within a caravan or 3-sided enclosed annexe of a caravan.
  • Gas/electric barbecues installed by NPWS are permitted
  • Landholders who have received a hazard reduction permit from the Rural Fire Service to undertake prescribed burning are not allowed to light fires during total fire bans.

To find out where and when a total fire ban has been declared, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

What is a park fire ban

A park fire ban is overridden by a total fire ban.

NPWS may declare a park fire ban or even close particular reserves where the potential risk to visitors from fire is high. This includes reserves with limited access (eg only one road in and out),  a high or very high overall fuel hazard, or reserves where all visitor access sites are upslope from vegetated areas.

During park fire ban periods all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Visitor-owned gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

Parks and reserves to which a park fire ban applies or that have been closed due to fire are listed on the NPWS State Alerts page. You can also learn more about fire management in the national parks and reserves of NSW, or download Living with Fire in NSW National Parks (PDF 2.3MB), a strategy for managing bushfires in national parks and reserves 2012-2021.

Coonabarabran-Warrumbungle National Park-Tooraweenah, Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary