Fire permits cancelled in south-east Queensland

BACK-BURNING: A firefighter participating in a back-burning operation to assist in containing a bushfire. Photo: Jeanette March

BACK-BURNING: A firefighter participating in a back-burning operation to assist in containing a bushfire. Photo: Jeanette March

FIRE permits have been cancelled in Scenic Rim and other parts of south-east Queensland as the bushfire risk continues to climb.

The cancellation took effect from Friday, September 8 and is in effect until further notice.

Rural Fire Service acting director of rural operations Chief Superintendent James Haig said there was a real risk of bushfires igniting and spreading quickly.

“All current permits have been cancelled and no new ones will be issued until further notice,” he said.

Chief Superintendent Haig urged residents to take the current conditions seriously, with high to very high fire danger impacting much of the south-east corner.

​“Such conditions mean even permitted fires would be difficult to control and pose a danger to communities.

“Landholders need to be thinking of other methods of mitigation to protect their property as now is not the time to be conducting hazard reduction burns.”

Other councils affected by the cancellation are Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands, Somerset, Logan and Gold Coast.

Mr Haig said fires under two metres in any direction were still permitted, as was the use of power tools, however residents needed to be cautious.

“Residents needing to use power tools should do so with extreme care and ensure adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire that may start,” he said.

“This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur.”

Mr Haig encouraged residents to take steps now to protect their property from bushfire.

“While permits to burn have been cancelled, there are other actions residents can take to prepare their properties,” he said.

“Clear leaves from gutters, remove debris and flammable materials from around the home and have a Bushfire Survival Plan, which can be downloaded as a step-by-step guide from the RFS website.”

For information, phone 1300 369 003 or visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

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