Total Fire Ban

Road side fire danger sign

The ACT Emergency Services Agency declares a Total Fire Ban when necessary to prevent the outbreak or spread of fires. On Total Fire Ban days you are not allowed to light, use or maintain a fire in the open air. All major media outlets are notified of Total Fire Ban days and information is posted at

In the event of a Total Fire Ban being declared in the ACT, access restrictions and closures will apply to many of the public reserves, pine forests and other areas including:

  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  • selected roads within Namadgi National Park including Apollo Road, Orroral Road, Old Mill Road, Warks Road, Mount Franklin Road at Piccadilly Circus, and the Corin Dam Road
  • Googong Foreshores
  • Kowen Forest including the Molonglo Gorge recreation area
  • Lower Molonglo River Corridor
  • section of Centenary Trail from Hall to Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary
  • Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary.

Swimming areas at the Cotter and along the Murrumbidgee River such as Kambah Pool, Pine Island Point Hut and Uriarra Crossing will remain open.

In an effort to accommodate recreational users, the Canberra Nature Park and all pine forest areas (other than Kowen Forest) will remain open to the public during the early morning hours, however, users are advised that they should leave these areas no later than 11 am.

Electric barbeques provided at the Cotter, Casuarina Sands, Pine Island, the National Arboretum Canberra and in Canberra’s urban parks will be available, however all gas barbeques will be turned off.

There may be instances where camping and recreation areas are closed due to forecasts of extreme fire weather (with or without the declaration of a Total Fire Ban). These closures are made in the interests of public safety.

Full and up to date information on closures can be gained from Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

More information about Total Fire Bans is available at