A local fire ban will be applied to Moreton Bay and southern Moreton Bay islands in a pre-emptive effort to stop bushfires breaking out during the school holiday period. 

The local fire ban will take effect from 12.01am, Friday 15 September to 11.59pm, Monday 2 October on the following islands: 

North Stradbroke Island
South Stradbroke Island
Moreton Island
Russell Island
MacLeay Island
Lamb Island
Karragarra Island
Peel Island
Coochiemudlo Island

The locations fall within the Brisbane City Council, Redland City Council and City of Gold Coast local government areas and the ban is in response to a growing bushfire threat in south-east Queensland. 

“All Permits to Light Fire previously issued in these areas have been cancelled,” Rural Fire Service (RFS) Director of Rural Operations James Haig said.

“South-east Queensland is in the grip of a serious bushfire season and current weather conditions are exacerbating the threat of a bushfire starting and spreading.

“I understand the local fire ban may inconvenience families visiting these popular spots during the school holiday period, but this is not a decision we have taken lightly.

“All holidaymakers should plan ahead for this and make sure they have appropriate cooking alternatives in place to comply with the ban.”

Mr Haig said fires within a properly constructed barbecue were excluded from the ban, as long as they were attended at all times. 

“We recommend the use of gas-fired barbecues in a cleared area away from vegetation and monitored by a responsible adult at all times,” he said. 

The ban does not prevent people from using machinery and power tools, but Mr Haig said people should take precautions and watch for sparks. 

“Sparks from a power tool can easily ignite a bushfire under these conditions, so people should avoid using them near dry grass and vegetation,” he said. 

“People should also keep a bucket of water or a hose handy if using power tools, slashers or lawn mowers on their property.”

Mr Haig has urged residents and those visiting the islands to take precautions and report any bushfires immediately to Triple Zero (000).

“We have been working closely with our partners at Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and local governments to manage the current bushfire risk on Moreton Bay and southern Moreton Bay islands and ensure the safety of campers over the school holiday period,” he said.

“We hope everyone enjoys the school holidays, but safety is our priority and we need the community to play its part by being vigilant and adhering to the local fire ban.”