A local fire ban for South East Queensland has again been extended, this time until News Years Eve.
The ban will remain in place until just before midnight on Tuesday 31 December for the Gold Coast, Logan, Scenic Rim as well as other areas across the south east.
Queensland Fire and Emergency says heightened fire conditions remain in place and are expected to for quite some time, prompting fears of bushfires easily igniting and quickly spreading.
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Under a local fire ban, all open fires are prohibited and all permits to light fires have been cancelled.
People can still use power tools but are urged to take extreme care.
“This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur,” QFES warned.
In light of the bushfire crisis raging in Queensland and New South Wales, a number of fireworks displays across the Gold Coast were cancelled.
The Ormeau Carols, Mayor’s Christmas Carols in Southport, Pacific Pines Carols and Twin Towns Carols all cancelled their fireworks shows due to the bushfire threat.
Organisers of other events on the Gold Coast, including the New Years Eve Fireworks in Surfers Paradise, are yet to make a call on whether or not they will be going ahead with fireworks.