CFS Codes of Practice
The CFS, in conjunction with Grain Producers SA, Primary Producers SA and the State Government has developed new Codes of Practice for Broad Acre and Vegetation Pile Burning as well as for the use of Prescribed Tools.
The Codes take into account lessons learned from recent out-of-season bushfires. They are designed as a guide to the South Australian farming community. They cover:
- safe out-of-fire season land management practices
- safe use of friction cutting tools and welders which may be an ignition source for fire at any time of the year.
Broad acre stubble burning is the farm management practice that produces the greatest fire risk every summer and autumn if not carefully planned and implemented with caution. This Code of Practice serves as a guide to the South Australian farming community to assist in the practice of safe broad acre stubble burning.
The activity of having a comfort fire is something associated with the Australian way of life.
This code of practice applies to all grain harvesting and grain handling operations that occur "in the paddock", including operation of grain harvesters, operation of vehicles involved in transporting grain, grain dryers and grain augers. The Grain Harvesting Code of Practice applies to harvesting of any flammable crop.
The use of metal cutting tools and welders is common practice in both the urban and rural environments. The use of these tools has been the point of ignition for numerous fires. The main cause of these fires has been from a lack of planning and preparation and inappropriate use of these tools and welders in and around flammable vegetation and other material.
The practice of "vegetation pile burning" has been undertaken for many years and is a very effective way to dispose of accumulated vegetation waste in the rural setting. Over the years the practice of vegetation pile burning has led to the start of numerous fires. The main cause of uncontrolled fires from vegetation pile burning has been from a lack of planning and preparation and inappropriate burning techniques for the environment in which it is conducted.
Under section 79 of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 and Regulation 34, gas and electric BBQ operation during the fire danger season is permitted with restrictions. The use and operation of wood or solid-fuelled cooking devices, is covered under regulation 32A. The conditions outlined in regulation 32A do not address issues associated with the installation and operation of wood fired pizza ovens in the domestic or commercial catering environment. This code has been developed in consultation with distributors/retailers of wood fired pizza ovens in an effort to establish standards for the installation (location) and safe operation of such items during the fire danger season.