In accordance with the provisions of Section 86A and Section 86E of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990, and with due regard to fire conditions and the weather forecasts issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, a Local Fire Ban is hereby imposed as described below.

A prohibition on lighting fires in the open applies for the period 1600 hrs on Monday 30th December 2019 to 0700 hrs on Monday 13th January 2020 in the fire ban area(s) specified hereunder:

Within the whole of the Local Government Areas of:

BUNDABERG Regional Council

NORTH BURNETT Regional Council

CHERBOURG Aboriginal Shire Council

SOUTH BURNETT Regional Council

FRASER COAST Regional Council

GYMPIE Regional Council

SUNSHINE COAST Regional Council

NOOSA Shire Council

All current Permits to Light Fire issued for the local fire ban area are hereby cancelled, subject to the following exemptions.


• Fires lit for the purpose of providing warmth that are:

d. lit within a properly constructed receptacle, such as fire pits and braziers, and

e. that are used in suburban back yard, and

f. that are no larger than 1m x 1m x 0.5m, and

g. there is a fire extinguishing device available (e.g. garden hose or fire extinguisher), and

h. the area is cleared of vegetation and embers cannot drift from the fire, and

i. provided they are not left unattended

are permitted between 1800 hrs to 0600 hrs.

(This exemption does not include bon fires)

NB. Check with your Local Council By-laws

• Fires lit for the purpose of disposal of animal carcasses are permitted, subject to the issue of a permit by the local Fire Warden.

  • Fires lit for commercial necessity are permitted subject to the issue of a permit to light fire by the Chief Fire Warden.
  • • Burning can be undertaken in line with the Notification for Sugar Cane Burning between the hours of 1800 and 0500 (6pm and 5am).
  • • Fires lit in accordance with the provisions of Section 86A of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990, Part 6 Sections 53 Powers of authorised officer in dangerous situations and 55 Powers of authorised fire officer for preventative or Investigative purposes.

Superintendent Peter Hollier AFSM

Chief Fire Warden

27 December 2019

09:50 hrs

Rural Fire Service Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

(As delegate for the Commissioner)

Information on Fire Bans and the exemptions that can apply to a ban of the lighting of fires in the open can be found on the Rural Fire Service website.

Note: Power tools including lawn mowers and mechanical slashers may be used, however the Fire and Emergency Services encourages people to use these with extreme care and to ensure that adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire that may start. This could include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur.