A local fire ban is being imposed across south-east Queensland as a dangerous cocktail of record-dry conditions and intense winds heighten the risk of bushfires.
A 24-hour local fire ban will take effect from 12.01am Thursday, September 14 until 11.59pm on Thursday, September 14 and will cover our town and areas including following areas:
• Redland City Council
• Brisbane City Council
• Moreton Bay Regional Council
• Ipswich City Council
• Somerset Regional Council
• Lockyer Valley Regional Council
• The City of Gold Coast
• Logan City Council
• Scenic Rim Regional Council
All residents in these local government areas will be prohibited from lighting a fire in the open, unless it is within a properly constructed barbecue.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Director of Rural Operations Superintendent James Haig says the blanket ban is in response to dangerous weather conditions, which have propelled the fire danger to very high and severe in some areas.
“Large pockets of south-east Queensland are experiencing some of the driest conditions in more than 20 years, throw in the prospect of extremely intense wind gusts of up to 75km/h tomorrow and we are looking at a significant bushfire risk over the next 24 hours.”
“Let me be clear: residents need to be alert, prepared and stay informed in case a bushfire starts in their area. People must not light a fire on their property, even small fires under two metres in any direction.”
“Anyone caught lighting a fire during the ban not only risks their own safety but the safety of their community.”
Mr Haig says the local fire ban for south-east Queensland was a good reminder for residents to prepare a bushfire survival plan.
“There have been more than 1,700 bushfires since the start of August, from Cape York to the Gold Coast and out west as well. All residents should take the time now to prepare their bushfire survival plan.”