QFES Local Fire Ban

Published 03 December 2019


In accordance with the provisions of Section 86A and Section 86E of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990, and with due regard to fire conditions and the weather forecasts issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, a Local Fire Ban is hereby imposed as described below.

A prohibition on lighting fires in the open applies for the period from 0001hrs on Wednesday, 4 December 2019 to 2359hrs on Tuesday, 17 December 2019, in the fire ban area(s) specified hereunder:

  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Redland City Council

All Permits to Light Fire previously issued in the local fire ban area are hereby cancelled, subject to the following exemptions.

The following exemptions apply:

1.    Fires lit for the purpose of cooking, that are:
a.    within a properly constructed receptacle such as a barbeque, gas or wood fired and pizza oven, and
b.    where the fire cannot escape or cause embers to drift, and
c.    there must be a fire extinguishing device available (e.g. garden hose or fire extinguisher) are permitted provided they are not left unattended.

NB. Check with your Local Council By-laws

2.    Fires lit for the purpose of disposal of animal carcasses are permitted, subject to the issue of a permit by the local Fire Warden.

3.    Fires lit for commercial necessity are permitted subject to the issue of a permit to light fire by the Chief Fire Warden.

4.    Fires lit in accordance with the provisions of Section 86A of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990, Part 6 Sections 53 Powers of authorised officer in dangerous situations and 55 Powers of authorised fire officer for preventative or Investigative purposes.

Information on Fire Bans and the exemptions that can apply to a ban of the lighting of fires in the open can be found on the Rural Fire Service Queensland website. www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au

Note: Power tools including lawn mowers and mechanical slashers may be used, however the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services encourages people to use these with extreme care and to ensure that adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire that may start. This could include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur.