Shire of Ashburton residents reminded to adhere to total fire ban protocols

Published on Thursday, 2 December 2021 at 11:10:34 AM

With the Shire of Ashburton currently experiencing a total fire ban, residents are reminded of the protocols in place to ensure the safety of the community.

Total fire bans affect every member of the community and are declared on days when a fire is most likely to spread rapidly (because of extreme fire weather), or if there are already widespread fires occurring.

During a total fire ban residents, farmers, campers, and construction workers are unable to:

  • Conduct open fires for the purpose of cooking, camping or outdoor entertainment, including fire pits and bonfires
  • Undertake hot work such as metal work, grinding, welding, gas cutting in the open air (except for business and industry if regulatory conditions are met)
  • Take part in off-road activity using a four-wheel drive, quad bike, motorcycle, bobcat or similar vehicle (except for agricultural purposes or by business and industry if regulatory conditions are met)

Failure to adhere to total fire ban restrictions can results in an infringement of $1,000, a penalty of $25,000 and/or 12 months in prison.

For more information regarding total fire bans, visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website via












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