Fire danger season - what you need to know

Fire Danger Season – what you need to know

Changes to available services on catastrophic fire days

On Extreme and Catastrophic Fire Danger days there will be a reduction in the services that Council provides in the Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District. Services will recommence following a return to normal weather conditions with extra servicing for domestic waste collection to maintain an up-to-date service.

Services will be uninterrupted on Moderate or High Fire Danger days.

For further information on service reductions visit

Australian Fire Danger Rating System

Most of the City of Burnside area is leafy suburbia with no direct bushfire risk. However, on the eastern extremes of the Council area is the Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District. This area extends along the foothills of the southern Mt Lofty Ranges, one of the most fire prone areas in the world due to the Mediterranean climate and the characteristic hot summer months.

Every year the Adelaide Hills experience a number of summer days with occasionally strong dry northerly winds and low humidity that create conditions for extreme bushfire risk. If you live within the Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District danger is on your doorstep!

The Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) is your simplified survival tool, telling you how dangerous a bushfire would be if it broke out, and what you need to do to stay safe on Moderate, High, Extreme and Catastrophic days. Go to

Fire Safety Plans

Learn about bushfire behaviour and how to survive by visiting the CFS website

You can also refer to the City of Burnside website for further information and advice at

If you and your home are not fully prepared for a bushfire, or if you have any doubts about your ability to defend your home, you should plan to leave early.

Prepare now: clear around your property, pack an emergency kit and know your closest Bushfire Safer Place.

Plan ahead: do your 5-minute bushfire plan and share it with loved ones today, and plan for all your pets and livestock.

Stay informed: check the fire danger rating each day and stay informed using more than one source of information in case a fire starts near you.

Know your Fire Danger Rating, monitor local conditions and keep informed.

Backyard Burning

Outside of the fire danger season, you can apply for a permit to burn vegetation as part of your fuel reduction program. Permits will only be granted for residents in the Hills Face Zone.

In the fire danger season you will not be granted a permit to burn fuel. Please ensure your fuel reduction program is concluded prior to the fire danger season. While no permits for burning will be granted for the fire danger season, residents are able to light a fire for cooking food or providing comfort (all year) provided conditions are met, except on a total fire ban day. For more information about the conditions and fires generally, please refer to our website: or contact the Fire Prevention Officer on 8466 4200.

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