Fires

Prohibited fires

The lighting of fires on public land is not permitted at any time.

Lighting of fires on allotments 3000m2 or less

Lighting or maintaining a fire on an allotment 3,000 square metres or less is NOT permitted unless the fire is contained in a barbeque or another cooking device. Use clean and dry combustible material. 

Lighting of fires on allotments 3001m2 or greater

Lighting or maintaining a fire on an allotment greater than 3,001 square metres is permitted on the following conditions: 

  • the fire is authorised under a QFES Permit to light fire
  • the fire is being used by primary producers and for industrial purposes e.g. for the purposes of burning the carcass of a beast
  • the vegetation to be burnt does not exceed 2 metres in height, 2 metres in width and 2 metres in length and the fire is enclosed in a fireplace so constructed as to prevent the escape of fire or any burning material from the fireplace.

 For fires where the vegetation to be burnt is less than 2 metres in height, 2 metres in width and 2 metres in length and not in a fire danger period, residents must ensure that:

  • only clean and dry non-toxic combustible material may be burned
  • only one fire may be burning at any time
  • appropriate fire fighting equipment, which may include water, hoses and pumps, must be on site at all times
  • fires must not be lit before 7:00 AM and must be extinguished no later than dusk, on the same day
  • ashes must be thoroughly wetted down when a fire is extinguished
  • the person proposing to light a fire must verballyadvise all neighbours of their intention to light a fire and the date on which this will occur. If unable to provide verbal advice, then written advice of the intention to light a fire must be provided. It is recommended that adjoining neighbours are given at least 48 hours’ notice
  • fires must be set back at least 6 metres from every property boundary and building
  • a responsible person must attend the fire always until the fire is extinguished.

All burning must be conducted in a manner that does not cause a nuisance to other people.

The Fire and Emergency Service website provides further information in regards to fire bans, restrictions and how to obtain a permit to light fire.