Fire ban in place for the Gold Coast, SEQ

The Gold Coast, and much of the southeast, is now under a local fire ban due to some risky conditions over the next couple of days.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services put the ban in place from midnight and it will continue right through until midnight tomorrow.

The areas under the ban include the Gold Coast, Logan, Scenic Rim, Ipswich, Lockyear Valley and Somerset.


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While the temperatures over the next couple of days aren’t expected to get too high, it’s the wind that has firefighters worried.

The wind is expected to pick up late on Monday and become a significant fire risk on Tuesday, paired with the low humidity right around the southeast.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, it will be mostly sunny for the Gold Coast today, with northwesterly winds between 15-20 km/h developing.

They’re expected to turn northerly in the late morning, reaching up to 30 km/h.

Tomorrow, the northwesterly will swing to southwesterly during the morning and afternoon, up to 40 km/h.

There is still a slight chance of a shower both days, but very low humidity.

Fires can still be lit for the purpose of cooking or providing warmth, provided they are lit within a properly constructed vessel, such as barbecue, pizza oven, fire pit.

Power tools can still be used, but QFES is encouraging people to use them with extreme care and with adequate equipment to extinguish a fire if need be.

For other exemptions and more information, click here.