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Fire danger periods

A fire danger period can be declared for either the whole or part of the Territory for a specific period of time. Any area specified under a declaration of fire danger period is known as a fire danger area.

When is it declared

Bushfires NT declares the Fire Danger Period for the Top End and Central Australia at different times in the lead up to the fire season. It depends on the amount of rain, grassland curing rate and local conditions.

During a fire danger period, all landowners within a fire danger area must have a permit to burn.

Check whether the fire Danger period is in force in your area below.

The Fire Danger Period is NOT the same thing as a Fire Ban.

Fire bans

A fire ban may be declared for either the whole or part of the Territory for a period of up to 24 hours when fire conditions are very dangerous. Bans are announced on the local radio, Bushfires NT newsroom and by roadside signs in built-up areas. Fire Ban information is available at securent.nt.gov.au.

All permits to burn are void during a fire ban period.

If you are using fire immediately before a ban is declared, you must put the fire out. Careful use of cooking fires is allowed.

If you start a fire during a fire ban period, even if one starts from your cooking fire, you could be charged the maximum penalty or face imprisonment.

Declaration information

Fire danger period is declared for Central Australia from 14 October 2022 to 28 February 2023.

Period Region
2022-2023 Declaration of a fire danger period Central Australia PDF 280.6 KB
2022 Declaration of a fire danger period Top End PDF 456.5 KB
2022 Declaration of a fire danger period Savanna region PDF 525.2 KB
2021 Declaration of a fire danger period Top End PDF 449.6 KB
NOTE: Central Australia was not declared.
2020-21 Declaration of a fire danger period Central Australia PDF 265.9 KB
2020 Declaration of a fire danger period Top End PDF 398.3 KB
2019-20 Declaration of a fire danger period Central Australia PDF 247.8 KB
2019 Declaration of a fire danger period Top End PDF 323.0 KB
2018-19 Declaration of a fire danger period Central Australia PDF 315.9 KB
2018 Declaration of a fire danger period Top End PDF 315.4 KB
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