Dry, hot conditions have prompted Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) to revoke fire permits across most of north and central western Queensland.
The cancellation will take effect from midnight Wednesday, 6 September and will cover the following council regions;
• Charters Towers Regional Council
• Richmond Shire Council
• Flinders Shire Council
• Mckinlay Shire Council
• Cloncurry Shire Council
• Mount Isa City Council
• Burke Shire Council
• Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council
• Mornington Shire Council
• Carpentaria Shire Council
• Boulia Shire Council
Rural Fire Service Area Director Gavin Fryar urged residents to take the current conditions seriously, with high to very high fire danger expected throughout western Queensland for the remainder of the week.
“All current permits have been revoked and no new ones will be issued until these area see some significant rainfall,” Mr Fryar said.
“During these conditions even permitted fires would be hard to control, posing a real danger to communities. Now is not the time to be conducting hazard reduction burns.”
Mr Fryar said fires under two metres in any direction were still permitted, as was the use of power tools. However, he urged residents to be cautious.
“If you need to use power tools do so with extreme care and ensure adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire that may start,” he said.
“This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur.
“If you’re camping, please make sure camp fires are contained in a safe area and completely extinguished with water prior to moving on.”
For more information, contact your local fire warden or call 1300 369 003. To locate your local fire warden visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.