Campfire Safety

Don’t let your campfire become a bushfire is an important reminder for campers to remain vigilant and alert when it comes to campfire safety. Forest Fire Management Victoria runs the annual campaign to send campers a message to ensure they follow campfire safety rules.

Having a campfire is an enjoyable experience for our comfort and cooking while camping in the great outdoors. However, it is vital that we are aware of and follow the Victorian fire regulations to ensure a safe camping experience and avoid an escaped campfire turning into a bushfire.

When setting up camp and stores, it should be at least 3-metres away from the fire. Where provided, use a designated fireplace.

When camping, leave no trace is an important mantra to follow. Campers are urged not to put any rubbish (including glass, aluminium, plastic or food scraps) into their campfire. Instead, take these items home with you or to the closest rubbish bin.

Campers must not leave a lit campfire unattended. To ensure a fire is fully extinguished, campers should use water on the fire as opposed to soil. There cannot be any hot embers left in the campfire. If it is cool to touch, it is safe to leave.

Call 000 if you see a campfire that doesn’t look right or is unattended.


On a total fire ban day, it is prohibited to light a campfire or a solid or chemical fuelled barbecue, or allow one to stay alight.

If in doubt, do not light a campfire or barbeque.


Before you head on a camping trip, ensure you:

  • Check the weather forecast via
  • Keep updated about Total Fire Bans via Vic Emergency


For more information on campfire and barbecue safety visit:

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s
Don’t Let Your Campfire Become a Bushfire video

Information adapted from the Victorian State Government, Parks Victoria & Forest Fire Management Victoria.


Keep on Camping provides caravan and campers with the most current information regarding he status of caravan parks in regions impacted by fires, so that they can make informed decisions when planning future trips throughout regional Victoria.

Visit the website for more information.

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