Fires, Wood Heaters & Outdoor Burning
Burning in the Port Augusta City Council Area
A new policy introduced by the Environment Protection Authority from July 21, 2016 prohibits residents from undertaking backyard burning.
The Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016 is aimed at better protecting and improving the health of South Australians and the environment by bringing the regulation and management of air quality in line with contemporary practices.
It is important to note that this policy does not apply to burning during Fire Danger Season (generally November – mid April) – there are strict rules for burning or lighting any fires during this time.
The new policy establishes a general prohibition, subject to exemptions, on burning in the open on premises within all council areas.
Essentially, for the Port Augusta area, this means:
Burning in the open is only allowed when it is for:
- Preparation of food or beverage (a small fire intended for that purpose only)
- Use of a brazier, chiminea or fire pit for heating an outdoor area – only charcoal can be used
- Fire prevention or control - this activity will require a permit from council before burning
Backyard burning is no longer allowed in Port Augusta without a permit and the council can issue expiation notices ($300) for breaches of this policy.
Wood-burning heaters – how to use them effectively
Solid fuel heaters, such as wood heaters, are a popular means of home heating. Wood is an effective, renewable fuel when burnt efficiently. In South Australia it is estimated that approximately 14% of households use wood as their main source of energy for heating. However solid fuel heaters can be a major source of air pollution when they are poorly designed or not operated correctly.
For up to date information, visit Smoke from Domestic Heating – EPA
EPA urges proper use of indoor wood heaters during winter
As winter sets in the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is urging homeowners to be mindful of the impact that smoke from indoor wood heaters can have on neighbours and the environment.
It is estimated that about 14 per cent of households in South Australia use wood as their main source of energy for heating, however solid fuel heaters can be a major source of air pollution when they are poorly designed or not operated correctly.
Full media release: EPA urges proper use of indoor wood heaters during winter(283 kb)
EPA reminds community of outdoor burning impacts
As we head in to cooler weather the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is reminding the community of the impacts that wood smoke from burning in the open can have on people’s health and the environment.
Both the smoke particles, and the chemicals it contains, are harmful to human health and can cause environmental nuisance.
Full media release: EPA reminds community of outdoor burning impacts(315 kb)