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​​​​​Frequently Asked Questions

 

 
Head over to the Queensland Bushfires FAQ's page for more frequently asked questions regarding bushfires in your area.​

​Can I have a barbeque, hangi or campfire?

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During a non – Fire Ban Period

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During a Fire Ban

YES

Fires for cooking (e.g. barbecues) and warmth (e.g. campfires) may be lit during the non – fire ban period without a Permit provided that:                 

  • Adequate precautions are taken to prevent the spread of fire.
  • There are no Local Government restrictions applicable to your area.
  • The fire is lit in a properly prepared fireplace that prevents the escape of fire and burning material.
  • A person is in attendance at all times while the fire is alight.

NO

The lighting of fires for any purpose is banned during any declared fire ban or state of fire emergency.

The Commissioner Queensland Fire and Emergency Services may allow the use of some types of barbecues during a fire ban or state of fire emergency.

Check the Fire Bans and Restrcitions page for details during any ban period.​


 

Can I have a small fire to burn garden litter and small piles of vegetation?​
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During a non – Fire Ban Period

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During a Fire Ban

YESFires may be lit to dispose of vegetation without a Permit, provided that:

  • There are no Local Government restrictions applicable to your area.
  • The fire is less than two metres wide, two metres long and two metres high.
  • A person is in attendance at all times while the fire is alight.

Check with your local council before lighting any fires.

NO

​The lighting of fires for any purpose is banned during any declared fire ban or state of fire emergency.

​Can I light a fire in the open air for burning off grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation? 

During a non – Fire Ban Period

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During a Fire Ban

YES

But only with a valid Permit issued by your local Fire Warden, and:

  • There are no Local Government restrictions applicable to your area.
  • The Permit to Light Fire conditions are followed.
  • A person is in attendance at all times while the fire is alight.

Check with your local council before lighting any fires.

Fire Wardens can be located by using the Fire Warden Finder available on the website www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au

NO

​The lighting of fires for any purpose is banned during any declared fire ban or state of fire emergency.


 

Are there any exemptions from the requirement to have a Permit to Light Fire?​

During a non – Fire Ban Period

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During a Fire Ban

YES
  • Canegrowers have certain exemptions from the requirement to obtain a Permit. For more information contact your Rural Fire Service Queensland Area Office.
  • Fires lit for the purpose of burning the carcass of a beast do not require a Permit.
  • Fires lit to dispose of sawmill waste do not require a Permit.
  • Fires for cooking and warmth do not require a Permit (see top of page).

In all cases the use of fire must be done in a responsible manner. All fires must be attended to at all times the fire is alight.

Local Governments may have rules or by laws prohibiting the lighting of fires. Check with your local council before lighting any fires.
NO
The lighting of fires for any purpose is banned during any declared fire ban or state of fire emergency.

The Commissioner Queensland Fire and Emergency Services may allow the use of certain fires during a fire ban or state of fire emergency.

Special Permits may be available for community events such as fireworks displays, contact your Rural Fire Service Queensland Area Office for more information.

Check www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au for details during any ban period.​