Blackened grass and bushland behind Rosella Parade in Kingaroy on Saturday … a State of Fire Emergency has been declared in the South Burnett Regional Council area and 41 other councils across Queensland
Acting Commissioner
Mike Wassing

November 8, 2019

A State of Fire Emergency has been declared across 42 Local Government Areas in Queensland, following a period of significantly heightened fire weather conditions expected to continue into next week.

The State of Fire Emergency prohibits the lighting of all types of outdoor fires, and bans certain activities that can cause fires to ignite.

The 42 council areas affected include: South Burnett, Cherbourg, Gympie, North Burnett, Toowoomba, Somerset and Western Downs council areas. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Acting Commissioner Mike Wassing said fire crews were battling multiple blazes and all possible steps had to be taken to prevent further fires igniting.

“We’re experiencing tinder box-like conditions across much of the State and all it takes is one spark to start a fire that may burn for days,” Mr Wassing said.

“This declaration is vital to prevent bushfires breaking out and posing a danger to lives and property.”

Mr Wassing said the declaration overrode all existing permits to light fire, banned fireworks and the lighting of any outdoor cooking fires.

“The declaration also prohibits welding, grinding and the use of oxy-acetylene cutting or heating outdoors,” he said.

“The use of the machinery and power tools in open areas has the potential to exacerbate the bushfire risk, which is why it is essential people do not use these tools outdoors.

“The declaration also gives QFES the authority to draw on private resources, such as plant and equipment, to assist in firefighting or preparation.”

Mr Wassing said substantial penalties could be issued to those who breached the declaration.

“The penalties for contravening this declaration are serious – a fine of up to $3336 or two years imprisonment,” he said.

“Our crews are doing a fantastic job protecting lives and property, and we ask that Queenslanders continue to do their part to prevent fires starting and spreading.”

Mr Wassing urged Queenslanders to remain vigilant and continue to follow the advice of authorities.

“Everyone should have a bushfire survival plan and know what they are going to do if a fire approaches,” he said.

“People need to keep up-to-date on the QFES website and social media channels, and tune into local radio.

“It is important they follow the advice given and don’t leave it too late to evacuate if they need to.

“Bushfire prevention is a community effort, so it is essential people report fires and to Triple Zero (000) immediately.”

The declaration will be in effect until revoked.

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Local Government Areas included in the State of Fire Emergency:

North Coast Region

• Bundaberg Regional
• Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire
• Fraser Coast Regional
• Gympie Regional
• Noosa Shire
• North Burnett Regional
• South Burnett Regional
• Sunshine Coast Regional

South Western Region

• Southern Downs Region
• Goondiwindi Regional
• Toowoomba Regional
• Western Downs Regional
• Banana Shire

South Eastern Region

• Gold Coast City
• Ipswich City
• Lockyer Valley Regional
• Logan City
• Scenic Rim Regional
• Somerset Regional

Brisbane Region

• Brisbane City
• Moreton Bay Regional
• Redland City

Central Region

• Banana Shire
• Gladstone Regional
• Rockhampton Regional
• Central Highlands Regional
• Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire
• Livingstone Shire
• Isaac Regional
• Mackay Regional
• Blackall Tambo Regional

Northern Region

• Whitsunday Regional
• Burdekin Shire
• Townsville City
• Hinchinbrook Shire
• Charters Towers Regional
• Flinders Shire

Far Northern Region

• Cassowary Coast Regional
• Tablelands Regional
• Cairns Regional
• Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire
• Croydon Shire
• Etheridge Shire

2 Responses to "QFES Declares Fire Emergency"

  1. Rosemary Pratt  November 11, 2019

    What about lawn mowers? Not being funny. in the drought. Hubby did need to mow down some rough growth the other day – push mower. Our ride-on’s exhaust started a fire once on our property some years ago, not in drought or a ban. Mowers should be included in bans. Are they?

    • Anne Miller  November 11, 2019

      Rosemary … here is a link to the official declaration in the Government Gazette. By our reading, we would say no. But we have reported on at least two fires in recent years (from memory) which were started by ride-on mowers.


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