QFRS seek to limit fire danger

FIRE POSES THREAT: The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service has issued a Fire Danger Period as the risk of fires grows.
FIRE POSES THREAT: The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service has issued a Fire Danger Period as the risk of fires grows.

FROM now until January 1, 2012, all property owners wanting to light a fire regardless of its size will need to apply for a permit as a Fire Danger Period was declared on Sunday.

The Fire Danger Period (FDP) will run right through to midnight on Sunday, January 1, 2012 with a range of new rules now in effect in relation to the lighting of fires.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) area commander Inspector Aerron Patterson said the declaration of the FDP would require property owners to acquire a fire permit when wanting to have small vegetation fires regardless of property size and fire size with the removal of the 2m exemption rule.

"We ask people to be more vigilant when lighting fires for small vegetation and instead take it to a dump or dispose of it in some other way," he said.

"From the floods there has been an increase in the amount of vegetation and risk for bad fires."

This is the second year a FDP has been enforced with the goal of limiting the number of fires that get out of control during fire season.

Inspector Patterson said the FDP was not a complete fire ban and still allowed small fires to cook or keep warm but emphasised how easy small fires can get out of control.

"With the FDP we are trying to reduce the amount of fires that get away from people," he said.

"People have fires and on a windy day it just gets away from them."

To make it easy for property owners who regularly burn and require fire permits from local Fire Wardens, seasonal fire permits are available depending on conditions.

Education Day

Lockyer Valley residents are invited to attend a community awareness and public education day to be held in the car park behind Gatton Supa IGA on Saturday from 8am.

Representatives of Rural Fire Brigades in the area will be available, and you will be able to locate your local Fire Warden and Rural Fire Brigade.

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