South Australian Country Fire Service Promotions Unit

Raising awareness of the roles, training and activities of CFS Volunteers state-wide



Making Control lines


A firelighter is a tool used to construct control lines, fire breaks and assist with burnoff operations.

Consisting of a container filled with a mix of petrol and diesel, attached to a wand with a wick on the end. The fuel mix is fed onto the wick by holding the firelighter on an angle, and the wick is then lit. Once it is alight, the fuel mix will drop to the ground while burning and set alight to any combustable material. The fuel mix will burn for a time allowing the material to combust and continue to burn on its own.

Photographs on this page taken by Ashley Hosking, CFS Promotions Unit