A Total Fire Ban symbol appears in the affected NSW Fire Areas when a Total Fire Ban is declared for today. To find out if a Total Fire Ban is declared for tomorrow, select the NSW Fire Area you want to check after Fire Danger Ratings are issued in the afternoon. A symbol will appear in the table on the right hand side of the map if a Total Fire Ban has been declared.

To check what local government areas are affected, either select the area on the map itself or on the name of the NSW Fire Area beneath the map. A list of the local government areas will appear to the right of the map. You can also check the NSW Fire Area you are in on the NSW Fire Service map.


April 1st to August 31st: NO PERMIT REQUIRED, but please check with your local Fire Brigade for other regulations in place.

The statutory Bush Fire Danger Period runs from October 1st to March 31st, however it may vary due to local conditions. For the Lower Hunter Zone, the Fire Season begins on September 1. If you are planning to light a fire in the open during this time, you will need a permit.

For more information showing where the Bush Fire Danger Period has been declared and permits to burn are currently required see Where are permits required. Guidance on obtaining a fire permit can be found on the Fire permits and bush fire danger period page.