Be aware: No small fires without a permit this bushfire season

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The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service has continued its bushfire season preparations, declaring from midnight August 29, 2010 to midnight January 2, 2011 a Fire Danger Period.

Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said the announcement meant small fires could no longer be lit without a permit during the period.

Previously people were able to light fires that were smaller than 2 metres in height and width without a permit.

However, Mr Roberts said these small fires were found to be a significant cause of wildfire during last year's massive bushfire season.

"Last year many of these fires escaped because the people lighting them lacked the skill to recognise the severity of the fire danger conditions and did not exercise appropriate control and supervision of the fire," Mr Roberts said.

"A permit system will reduce the number of wildfires started by small fires that get out of control and will also reduce demands on QFRS resources duri ng the upcoming bushfire season."

"This change complements the existing situation in many local government areas where councils have adopted local laws prohibiting these small backyard fires."

Mr Roberts said the declaration of a Fire Danger Period across the state meant anyone wanting to light a small fire would need to obtain a Permit to Light Fire from their local Fire Warden.

"The Warden can then assess the circumstances around each application and develop appropriate conditions or issue a rejection."

"There are no impacts on those industries who currently have exemptions, such as primary producers and sawmill operations."

QFRS Assistant Commissioner for Rural Operations, Steve Rothwell, said declaring a Fire Danger Period would be more effective than implementing total fire bans.

"Fire bans limit the opportunity for those with a legitimate need to use fire within their productions systems and for hazard mitigation," Mr Rot hwell said.

"This will provide the best possible measure for the safety of the community from the impacts of bushfire and maintain the use of fire as a tool in sustainable land management well into the future."

For more information on bushfire conditions and preparedness, including the Prepare.Act.Survive campaign, visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au

Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services
The Honourable Neil Roberts
27/07/2010

 
State Emergency Service Queensland (QldSES), Queensland Government, Department of Community Safety :
Emergency Services Complex, Cnr Park Road & Kedron Park Road, Kedron, Brisbane
07 3247 8604
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State Emergency Service Queensland (QldSES), Queensland Government, Department of Community Safety



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