With temperatures set to drop below 10 degrees in some areas this long weekend, many residents across the Sunshine Coast could be planning to get out the marshmallow sticks and have a backyard fire.
Here on the Sunshine Coast, council permits fires in urban/residential areas and is reminding residents to ensure they follow the guidelines.
Backyard fires are allowed in urban areas when made in a bbq, pizza oven or brazier for cooking or heating.
Service Excellence Portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson said gathering together around a warm fire at home this weekend would be a nice activity for families to enjoy during isolation.
“We’ve had lovely warm weather these past few weeks, but the cooler temperatures will be a nice change this weekend,” Cr Dickson said.
“If you’re planning to get out the fire pit, please make sure you only use dry, untreated wood so that you don’t cause a smoke issue for yourself or your neighbours.
Service Excellence Portfolio Councillor Winston Johnston said with so many residents at home through all hours of the day, it was important for people to be conscious of their neighbours and the amenity of our neighbourhoods.
Green waste, plastics, treated wood or paper must not be burned.
Fires must not cause a smoke nuisance. Those that do may be investigated by council officers under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
Should council receive a complaint regarding a fire in an urban area and the fire does not meet the requirements, penalties may apply.
Councillor Johnston reminded Sunshine Coast residents not to encourage friends and relatives to travel from Brisbane and elsewhere to the Sunshine Coast this weekend and that social distancing and hygiene must be maintained.