Burn permits cancelled as SE Queensland bushfire threat climbs

FIRE permits have been cancelled in parts of south-east Queensland as the region braces for the threat of bushfires due to prolonged dry conditions.

The cancellations in the Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Logan City, Gold Coast and Somerset Regional Council local government areas come into effect from midnight tonight and will last until further notice.

Residents are being urged to remain vigilant and finalise their bushfire safety plans, with the fire danger rating set to climb to very high on Sunday.


Rural Fire Service Regional Manager Alan Gillespie said the combination of prolonged dry conditions and high fuel loads meant the region was at risk of a long, active bushfire season.

“This weekend is just an example of the conditions we can regularly expect to see in coming months, particularly in western areas such as the Ipswich, Somerset, Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley regions,” Mr Gillespie said.

“We have more fuel on the ground than we’ve seen in a long time and soil moisture is extremely low with no immediate rain forecast.

“We are talking about conditions very different to what we would normally experience at this time of year – conditions we haven’t seen for some time, and conditions conducive to the rapid spread of fire.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency confirmed extra firefighters will be on standby this weekend.

“There is absolutely no room for complacency. Our crews are ready to respond but we need the community to play its part, take extra precautions and remain on alert,” he said.

For more information or to find your local fire warden, visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au