A NEW law is expected to be in place by next year for people to obtain a permit from the National Fire Authority to light a fire.
The NFA wants a system in place that would enable the authority to take to task those who light fires without a permit.
It is part of the review of legislation the NFA is carrying out to improve services in the country.
Authority CEO John O'Connor said the majority of calls the authority attended to in the country were to do with bush, grass, rubbish, sugarcane and forest fires.
"This kind of service is not in the current legislation but our service has extended to attending to such reports too," Mr O'Connor said.
"We only respond to such fire calls because the NFA Service Act has provisions for the safety of the community, the people.
"So if such fires get out of control and threaten property and lives, then we go and attend to such fire reports."
Mr O'Connor said the NFA had attended to 188 structural fires and 500 cases of bush, rubbish and grassfires up to the end of August.
"In property fires, we are focused on one property only but in bush, grass, rubbish, cane and forest fires, we have to send extra fire trucks and look for water. It's a big burden for the NFA.
"The new thing we are trying to put in this legislation that if you light a fire, then you have to take a permit from the NFA.
"Even if someone has to burn little rubbish or grass in their compounds, then they will have to take a permit if the new legislation comes into place.
"We want to have a system that if we attend to a fire that started without a permit being taken from the NFA, then action has to be taken against the person."