WITH the Gold Coast in the midst of some hot weather conditions, authorities have imposed a fire ban through the region.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services ban started at midnight on Sunday and is expected to last until midnight on Tuesday night.
Parts across the South East that are included in the ban are the Gold Coast, Logan, Scenic Rim, Lockyer, Somerset.
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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Lee Johnson said severe fire conditions in these regions meant the weather was 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,” Mr Johnson said.
Mr Johnson said the following types of fires were permitted during a local fire ban, providing conditions were followed:
- Fires for cooking purposes within a properly constructed barbeque (gas or electric) if not left unattended;
- Fires for the purpose of disposing of animal carcasses subject to the issue of a Permit to Light Fire by your local Fire Warden;
- Fires of commercial necessity subject to the issue of a Permit to Light Fire by your local Area Director of Rural Fire Service Queensland;
- Fires lit for the purpose of burning standing sugar cane for harvest in accordance with the established practice of the industry; and
- Fires lit for the purpose of burning sugar cane tops and trash between the hours of 6.00pm and 5.00am.
“Power tools may be used during a local fire ban however the QFES encourages people to use these with extreme care and ensure adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire which may start,” he said.
“This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur.”