Local fire ban for residents in South East Region (Not including Moreton Bay Region or Sunshine Coast)

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has imposed a local fire ban for South East region residents (Not including Moreton Bay Region or Sunshine Coast).

The local fire ban will be in place from 00.01am Saturday, 28 November for residents in the Logan, Scenic Rim, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Gold Coast areas.

Current and upcoming fire conditions are perfect for bushfires to ignite and spread quickly.

Under a local fire ban all open fires are prohibited and all Permits to Light Fire which have been issued in the designated areas have been cancelled.

Fires lit for the purpose of cooking or providing warmth are allowed however must be used within a proper constructed vessel (such as barbeque, pizza oven, fire pit) where the fire cannot escape or cause embers to drift. The use of 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.

This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur.

The ban is expected to remain in place until 11.59pm Wednesday, 2 December.

Information on fire bans and the exemptions that can apply can be found on the RFS website, www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

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