Not everyone starts a fire deliberately

Help keep Victoria safe by looking out for reckless and dangerous fire behaviour in our towns, parks and forests this summer.

Whether recklessly or deliberately lit, bush and grass fires have disastrous consequences. It is a criminal offence under Victorian law to cause a bushfire recklessly, or to be reckless as to the spread of a fire to vegetation or property belonging to another.

Reckless behaviour can include disobeying restrictions relating to total fire ban or fire danger periods, leaving campfires unattended, burning off without a permit, or using hot tools or machinery that emits flames or sparks on total fire ban days.


 “If you know of anyone engaging in reckless fire behaviour, or have any information about reckless or deliberately lit fires, we urge you to make a report to Crime Stoppers Victoria confidentially.” said Crime Stoppers CEO, Stella Smith.

CFA Acting Chief Officer Garry Cook said the organisation took a zero tolerance approach to any unauthorised fires or fires resulting from negligent behaviour subject to police investigation.

^ Learn how thoughtless behaviour can have serious consequences

^ Don’t let your campfire become a bushfire.                          

Click here to learn more from Forest Fire Management Victoria 

^ Know the rules about what you can and can’t do during the declared Fire Danger Period. 

Click here to learn more from the Country Fire Authority

“A fire started at any time of the year which damages someone else’s property is a crime.”

According to Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency, there were over 29* offences recorded for ‘causing a bushfire’ during 2018.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Grainger reminded the Victorian public that reckless fires are not only dangerous, offenders will also receive serious penalties.

  • Recklessly lit fire such as failing to properly extinguish a campfire is a crime that carries severe penalties.
  • Penalties for causing a bushfire include up to 15 years imprisonment or fines of over $36,000.
  • The maximum penalty for arson resulting in death is 25 years imprisonment.

People who know of reckless or deliberate behaviour that could lead to a bushfire are urged to report to Crime Stoppers Victoria, on 1800 333 000 or at You don’t have to give your name, and all reports are completely confidential.

In an emergency, or if you see smoke or flames, contact 000.

Crime Stoppers Victoria acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Crime Stoppers Victoria (ABN 15 006 945 151) is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient. Donations of $2 or more to Crime Stoppers Victoria are tax deductible in Australia.
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