Landowners can begin to burn off from Thursday 15 February until 30 April, subject to permit conditions. Burnoff permits must be firstly obtained from Yorke Peninsula Council on 8832 0000. Once a permit has been obtained, the permit holder must notify their intention to burn and location(s) prior to burn commencement. YPC won an award in 2017 for its innovative and interactive digital burnoff app. This is an easy to use web based tool for landowners to notify burnoffs and the public to check burn locations. Go to www.yorke.sa.gov.au and follow the Fire Safety links.
Burning is only permitted Monday – Friday 9 am to 9 pm (excluding fire ban days and public holidays). For full permit conditions please see Information Sheets IS032, IS032A and IS034 on YPC’s website.
Phil Herrmann, YPC Senior Compliance Officer, said that, as an agribusiness region, Yorke Peninsula has up to 1,000 burnoffs per year which results in a dramatic increase in smoke sightings across the season. If anyone is concerned about a smoke sighting they should firstly check burnoff locations via YPC’s web based burnoff tool before calling the CFS unnecessarily.