Open burning laws
Local regulations or council by-laws may restrict you from burning firewood in your backyard, so it’s important to check that you’re legally in the clear.
For example, in New South Wales, the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010 (NSW) outlaws burning anything “in the open” in certain local governments without approval, but provides an exception for lighting, maintaining or using:
… a fire for recreational purposes such as camping, picnicking, scouting or other similar outdoor activities, so long as only dry seasoned wood, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), natural gas or proprietary barbecue fuel (including a small quantity of fire starter) is used.
It is important to check with your local council that you won’t run into any problems. Smoke arising from open burning can cause a nuisance for your neighbours, especially on a windy day. The best advice is to look into regulations in your area and give a little bit of thought towards how your neighbours may be affected….or even better invite them over for a relaxing fireside drink.
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