A local fire ban is in place until midnight on Friday (August 30) in the South Burnett and North Burnett council areas due to the high risk of fires starting in the current conditions.
The fire ban came into force at midnight on Monday evening.
There are exemptions. These include:
- Fires within a properly constructed barbecue are permitted, provided they are not left unattended
- Fires for the purpose of the disposal of animal carcasses are permitted, subject to the issue of a permit by the local fire warden
- Fires of commercial necessity are permitted, subject to the issue of a permit to light fire by the Chief Fire Warden
Power tools, including lawn mowers and mechanical slashers may be used, however the QFES has encouraged 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.
According to the QFES website, there are no fire bans in place for Gympie, Cherbourg or Toowoomba council areas.
However, there is a High Fire Danger rating in all these regions for both Wednesday and Thursday so caution has been urged.
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