26 September 2023

Flood victims warned to get fire permits

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has said that permits are required to light a fire, including in flood-affected areas where residents might want to burn debris.

South Eastern Regional Manager at the Rural Fire Service, Alan Gillespie said it was illegal to light a fire for the purpose of burning debris or for land management purposes without a Permit to Light Fire.

“This can be obtained through your local fire warden, who will ensure the fire can be safely managed,” Mr Gillespie said.

“Before applying for a permit, it is important to check with your local Council in case there are any restrictions,” he said.

Mr Gillespie said there were specific instances where a fire could be lit without the need for a permit, provided the right precautions were in place.

“This includes when a fire is smaller than two metres in all directions, or if it is for the purpose of cooking or warmth in an enclosed fireplace,” he said.

“Most Councils provide alternative methods to dispose of vegetation and other waste, rather than burning it.”

Mr Gillespie said residents should also contact their neighbours to advise them of their intention to apply for a permit.

He said significant liabilities and penalties applied for failing to obtain a permit or to comply with permit conditions.

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