Leisure and recreation fire safety


If you are holidaying, having a party or experiencing the great outdoors during your holidays or leisure time, stay safe and brush up on bushfire safety information.

Cooking fire safety

You can have a fire for heating or cooking purposes provided that the fire:

  • on public land it is in a permanently constructed fireplace;
  • on private land the fire is contained either in a fireplace, pit, drum, brazier etc.;
  • is at a site surrounded by ground that is cleared of all combustible materials for a distance of at least two metres all around;
  • is not lit on a declared total fire ban day and you check the expected weather conditions;
  • is completely extinguished before leaving;
  • can be contained and controlled within the specified area;
  • does not contain toxic materials, such as rubber tyres, plastics, paint, etc; and
  • must not cause an air pollution problem by producing excessive amounts of smoke;
  • is not bigger than 1m x 1m;
  • there is access to a constant water supply.

It is also advisable that you let your neighbours know prior to lighting. 

All other burning of vegetation (authorised hazard reduction works exempt) is prohibited in Ku-ring-gai under the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010.

Bushfire safety for bushwalkers

Planning on going for a bushwalk in Ku-ring-gai? Know what to check before you go and what to do if caught in a fire.

Before bushwalking you should check:

  • Fire Danger Ratings and Bush Fire Alerts.
  • Weather conditions.
  • Whether a Total Fire Ban or a National Park Fire Ban is in place.

Council may close bushland reserves and facilities if extreme or catastrophic fire weather is declared or if a Total Fire Ban is in place. We recommend people avoid using tracks and trails in these conditions. Check Council’s website for any closure details. Please note that camp fires are not permitted in Council bushland reserves.

If caught in a fire:

  • Call 000.
  • Don’t panic or try outrun the fire.
  • Find a cleared area. Look for rocks, hollows, embankments, streams or roads to protect you.
  • Head to lower ground, avoid going uphill and do not shelter in water tanks.
  • Keep low and cover your skin.
  • Drink water and cover your mouth with a damp cloth.
  • Move to burnt ground when the fire has passed.

Bushfire safety for travellers

Bush and grass fires often cross roads and highways and smoke can reduce visibility. Make sure you have all the information you will need to keep safe.

Before you go on the road check:

  • Fire Danger Ratings and Bush Fire Alerts.
  • Weather conditions.
  • Survival kit packed, including a working battery operated radio, protective clothing, woollen blankets and water.

Learn more on what you should consider when travelling in a bushfire prone area

If you are caught in a fire

  • Call 000.
  • Park off the road in a clear area away from trees.
  • Face your car towards the fire.
  • Stay in the car below the windows to protect yourself from radiant heat.
  • Turn off the engine and turn on headlights and hazard lights.