A LOCAL fire ban will remain in place on North Stradbroke Island for the next five weeks.
The Rural Fire Service says it’s concerned about the dry conditions and extreme fuel loads on the island.
Regional Manager Wayne Waltisbuhl said camp fires could quickly rage out of control and cause bushfires that could spread quickly.
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“Under a local fire ban, the lighting of all fire in the open is prohibited and all Permits to Light Fire which have been issued in the designated areas have been cancelled,” Mr Waltisbuhl said.
Mr Waltisbuhl said the following types of fires were permitted during a local fire ban, providing conditions were followed:
- Fires 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 the Chief Fire Warden/ Area Director Rural Fire Service.
- Fires of commercial necessity subject to the issue of a Permit to Light Fire by the Chief Fire Warden / Area Director Rural Fire Service;
“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,” he said.
“This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur.”
The ban is in effect from now through until midnight 30 January 2017.