Open Fire Restrictions within Uralla Shire

Year-round restrictions

Property owners must cut/slash any overgrown grass, weeds or other growth which may become flammable during the Fire Danger Season that usually occurs from October to March.

Penalties may apply to urban blocks that are overgrown and become a fire risk.

Backyard burning

Burning of piled-up or standing vegetation as well as other material in the open or using an incinerator is prohibited in urban areas at all times.

Camping fires

Uralla Shire Council allows the use of open fires for recreational purposes such as BBQs, camping or picnicking in designated areas. In such cases, fire pits and barbeques must only use dry seasoned wood, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), natural gas or proprietary barbecue fuel (including a small quantity of fire starter). Anything that causes excessive smoke or becomes a public nuisance is not allowed.

Actions to prevent or minimise air pollution and nuisance include:

  • Consider the wind direction and wind speed to see where any smoke might blow and if it is safe to light the fire.
  • Burning with a clear flame and do not let the fire smoulder and smoke.
  • Taking into account the length of time that the material being burnt is likely to burn.

Burning in rural zones

Residents in rural zones must apply to the NSW Rural Fire Service for a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate, which is free of charge.

For agricultural burning or burning native vegetation, contact the Local Land Services (LLS) to determine whether your burn triggers the need for an approval.

Fire Danger Period

No fires are permitted to be lit in the open air during a declared Bush Fire Danger Period. Heavy penalties may apply.

Residents are asked to visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website to check if restrictions are in force.

Bush Fire Danger Period and Fire Permits

Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans