Fire Danger Season
The fire danger season starts on December 1 and finishes on April 30. These dates are subject to change by the CFS depending on weather conditions.
When backyard burning was banned, Mitcham Council applied for and was granted an exemption under the Environment Protection Authority (Burning) Policy 1994 to allow burning in the high fire prone areas of the Council for the purpose of fire prevention.
Therefore anybody living in Council's high fire risk area (hills) is allowed to burn green waste material only for the purpose of fuel and hazard reduction.
- You must live in Council's High Fire Risk Area.
- You must be doing fuel and hazard reduction.
- Material to be burnt must only be green waste (no rubbish).
- Material must be dry and ready to burn.
- Material must be hard to remove: eg down in a gully or inaccessible by car and trailer.
- You must have a permit to burn from councils fire prevention officer (permits are free upon inspection).
- You must adhere to all of the conditions on the permit.
- Permits will only be issued after the Fire Danger Season (1 May) until it becomes too dangerous to burn in November (depending on weather conditions).
Remember it is illegal to light a fire in the open anywhere within the City of Mitcham without obtaining a permit from the Bushfire Prevention Officer. For more information contact the Bushfire Prevention Officer on 8372 8894 or email .