Water bombers preparing for take-off at Gayndah airport for the Kalpowar fires in December, 2018.
Water bombers preparing for take-off at Gayndah airport for the Kalpowar fires in December, 2018.

Fire bans to be lifted as weather cools

WITH more favourable weather conditions predicted to be coming, some areas will have their fire bans lifted.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services will be lifting fire bans in parts of the state, and re-issuing fire permits in some areas.

Fire bans will be in place in the North and South Burnett Regional Council areas, as well as the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire until midnight on Wednesday December 5.

Rural Fire Service Assistant Commissioner Gary McCormack said QFES was thankful for the support from the public.

"In the past week fire bans have been imposed in more than 40 local government areas and currently 36 bans remain in place," he said.

Decisions to lift the bans were not made lightly and it was essential residents remain extra vigilant and take necessary precautions.

"Permits that were cancelled when bans were put in place, will not automatically be re-instated," Mr McCormack said.

"It is essential to check with local fire wardens on a case-by-case basis, until more favourable conditions return."

It is important for residents and businesses to understand the dangerous fire conditions still remained in parts of the state, and those using power tools or machinery needed to exercise caution.

"Even the smallest spark from welding, grinding or slashing is enough to start a fire," he said.

For those lighting smaller fires not requiring a permit, such as a campfire, need to make sure there is clear space around the fire and plenty of water immediately available.

"Whether you live on the urban fringe, or in a regional or rural area, please ensure you take steps to protect yourself and prevent further bushfires from starting," Mr McCormack said.

Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant, tune into warnings and report all unattended fires to 000 immediately.


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