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Visitors urged to remain vigilant with campfires

Friday 15 March, 2019

Parks Victoria is urging visitors to keep safe and follow campfire regulations following the prosecution of a man for lighting and maintaining a campfire that exceeded one metre in size.

The Sunshine man was issued with an infringement notice during a targeted enforcement operation carried out in the Lake Tyers State Park. He elected to have the matter dealt with by a court.

The Bairnsdale Magistrate’s Court heard the matter on the 13th March and placed the man on a 12 month good behaviour bond and ordered him to pay costs of $146.

“Campfires and barbeques are permitted in many parks but are subject to regulations governing the size, placement and attendance.  Visitors need to check what they can and can’t do,” said Parks Victoria Regional Enforcement Coordinator, Martin Downs.

This call comes at a time while firefighters are busy battling bushfire situations across the state. With around 10 per cent of bushfires caused by campfire negligence it is vital visitors follow campfire regulations.  This includes ensuring a campfire is no bigger than one square metre, never walking away from a lit campfire and always extinguishing campfires with water, not soil.

Rangers from Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning patrol parks and forests to deter illegal activities and continue to educate visitors on campfires. Ignoring campfire regulations can lead to prosecution and fines.

Information about campfires is available from the Forest Fire Management website. Before heading out to camp, people should also check the Parks Victoria website for any changes to park conditions.

For more information please contact:

Kalia Baker-Underhill

Media enquiries
Kalia Baker-Underhill

Parks Victoria media centre