b'CAMPFIRESCampfires are an important part of thecamping experience for many people andprovide a communal cooking, warmth andlight source as well as a place to sharestories and experiences under the stars.However it is not always possible to havea fire and there are many safety issues forcampers and the environment. It isCampfires must have a cleared area of 3important to research and follow the rules metres around the firefor campfires as there can be some heavyUse only dead fallen wood. Do not use anypenalties for doing the wrong thing. standing tree or vegetation Carry a gas or fuel stove for cooking inGather firewood away from the camp areacase you arent able to use a wood fire and use it sparingly. Campfires must never be left unattendedConsider bringing wood with you If you see an unattended fire put the fireOnly build a fire where a fire has beenout. Do not leave it burning before. Do not build a fire on unused ground On days of Total Fire Ban all fires in theHave a water source close to the fire inopen air are prohibited. case it gets away If the day is hot and windy do not light aPut out the fire with water until the coalsfire. If you are in any doubt do not light a fire are cool to touch. Do not bury hot coals In National and State Parks and mostNo fires above the tree line in alpine areasState Forests and Reserves, fires must be inNo fires in the snow. Dig an ice kitchena properly constructed fireplace and cook there. Fill it in when you leave Elsewhere, construct a built up fireplace ofTake a stove and do not use it in a tent.stone, metal or concrete or a trench 30 cmdeep A fire must be no larger than 1 squaremetre Gas and liquid fuel fires must have acleared area of 1.5 metres around the fireEnsure fires are completely extinguished withwater33'