Fire bans extended
11/16/2009 2:44:20 PM
Warm temperatures combined with dangerous fire conditions has prompted the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service to extend fire bans in the Local Government areas.
Fire bans will remain in place for the following Local Government areas until midnight on Monday 23 November: Rockhampton, Banana, Gladstone, Bundaberg, North Burnett, Fraser Coast, South Burnett, Cherbourg and Gympie. A local fire ban also remains in force for parts of the Local Government areas of Whitsunday (in those parts of the shire previously within the Bowen Shire) and South Burnett (in those parts of the shire previously within the Wondai and Murgon shires).
Fire bans have been lifted for the Local Government areas of Richmond, Flinders, Charters Towers, Isacc and for the part of the Local Government areas of Whitsunday (in those parts of the shire not previously within the Bowen Shire) and South Burnett (in those parts of the shire previously within the Nanango and Kingaroy shires.
Fire bans in these areas may be extended again if dangerous fire conditions continue.
The Rural Fire Service has put a ban on the lighting of all fires in the above Local Government areas, including permit fires as a precaution with high, and at times extreme, conditions expected to continue.
The following exemptions apply under fire ban conditions:
• The use of gas and electric barbecues are permitted provided they are not left unattended. The use of wood fire barbecues is prohibited;
• Fires for the purpose of disposal of animal carcasses are permitted, subject to the issue of a Permit to Light Fire by the local Fire Warden;
• Fires of commercial necessity are permitted subject to the issue of a Permit to Light Fire by the Area Director Rural Operations;
• Fires for the purpose of burning standing sugar cane for harvest in accordance with the established practice of the industry; and
• Fires for the purpose of burning sugar cane tops and trash on cane production land between the hours of 1800 (6.00 pm) and 0600 (6.00 am).
Regular updated information will be provided on the QFRS Rural Operations website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or at www.fire.qld.gov.au or by listening to your local radio station.
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