September 23, 2020

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have imposed a local fire ban for residents in the Toowoomba Regional Council area – which includes Yarraman and Cooyar.

A QFES spokesperson said the local fire ban would begin at 1:00am on Thursday (September 24) for residents in the Toowoomba, Southern Downs, Goondiwindi, Western Downs, Maranoa, Murweh, Quilpie, Bulloo, Paroo and Balonne Local Government Areas.

The spokesperson said fire conditions were perfect for bushfires to ignite and spread quickly.

Under a local fire ban all open fires are prohibited and all Permits to Light Fire which have been issued in the designated areas have been cancelled.

Power tools may be used during a local fire ban, however QFES encourages people to use these with extreme care and ensure adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire which may start.

This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur.

The ban is expected to remain in place until 11:59pm on Monday, September 28.

A local fire ban has been in place since 1:00am on Wednesday (September 23) for residents in the Logan, Scenic Rim, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Somerset local government areas.

A Very High fire danger has been predicted in the Wide Bay-Burnett and Darling Downs areas for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Photo: BOM)

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