For many people, camp fires, and camp-fire cooking, are a traditional part of the camping experience.

Camp fires

Few simple pleasures equal sitting by a camp fire - basking in the warmth, toasting marshmallows and telling stories.  Where camp fires are allowed, use the fireplaces and fire rings provided. Bring your own clean-milled firewood, such as untreated mill cut-offs. Never collect firewood or kindling from the camp site—everything is protected by law, including dead branches.

During the Fire Danger Season, above ground fires such as chimineas, fire drums, braziers are only allowed with the use of a permit, which can be obtained by contacting Yorke Peninsula Council. The Yorke Peninsula District Bushfire Prevention Committee has set the conditions which must be adhered to when lighting a fire under permit. Once you have received your permit, it is still a requirement for you to contact Council on a daily basis.

Mozzie Flat - Belinda Sherriff 4For your safety and the safety of other visitors please follow the advice below:

*  Do not light or maintain a camp fire during a total fire ban.

*  To reduce fire risks, always check the weather conditions in your camping area before lighting a fire. Do not light or maintain a camp fire on dry, windy days.

*  Ensure your camp fire is at least 4m away from tents and that other camping equipment is stored well away, especially flammable items.

*  Completely extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving your camp site unattended—use water, not sand which retains heat and can cause severe burns. Even a few glowing embers can start a bushfire.


Can I have a campfire during the Fire Danger Season?

No. Given the recent extreme weather events and the dryness of the land due to drought, open fires are now banned for the remainder of the Fire Danger Season (i.e. until April 2020).

Campfires are also banned in all national parks and forestry reserves during the Fire Danger Season.

Can I use a gas or electric barbecue during the Fire Danger Season?

Yes, electric or gas barbecues can be used providing:

* The barbecue is clear of all flammable material to a distance of at least 4 metres; and

* A person who is able to control the fire is present at the site of the fire until it is extinguished; and

* An appropriate extinguisher is at hand.

It is illegal to take wood from a roadside or reserve for campfire use.  Firewood can be brought with campers or purchased from a firewood supplier.  Bags of firewood are available from Warooka Hardware and Minlaton Discounters.

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Fuel stoves are handy alternatives for your camp cooking and heating needs, especially in areas where camp fires are not allowed.

Fuel stoves (including portable barbecues) are defined as a portable, fully self-contained heating and cooking appliance that uses manufactured fuel. Manufactured fuels do not include wood or timber, but include a wide range of commercially available, non-toxic products such as gas, liquid and solid fuels e.g. hexamite fuel blocks, briquettes or heat beads. Generally these appliances should stand at least 20 cm off the ground.

There are many benefits to using portable fuel stoves and barbecues. They offer a safe, easy, compact and more sustainable option for camp cooking and heating and are generally able to be used where wood-fueled camp fires are not.

Fire danger season and fire bans

The fire danger season for 2018/2019 will run from 1st of November until 30th of April. Please check the South Australian Country Fire Service Fire Bans hotline 1300 362 361 for more information. 

Fire bans are advertised widely and remain in force until cancelled. 

When a fire ban is in place, the lighting of fires in the declared fire ban area is prohibited (including wood-fueled barbecues and stoves).

Gas and electric barbecues, including gas and spirit stoves, are permitted to be used during CFS-imposed fire prohibitions and CFS-imposed fire bans, provided:

  • they do not have the potential to generate airborne embers or possibly ignite nearby ground fuels

  • are not left unattended

  • are suitably contained.


Visitor Information

Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information 
8 Elizabeth Street Maitland South Australia
T: 1800 202 445




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