Residents in the Bundaberg Region are reminded to check they have a current Permit to Light Fire before lighting up this autumn.
Rural Fire Service (RFS) South Eastern Regional Manager Alan Gillespie said it was illegal to have a fire for the purpose of burning debris or for land management purposes without a permit.
“A Permit to Light Fire can be obtained through your local fire warden who will ensure the fire can be safely managed,” Mr Gillespie said.
“Before applying for a Permit to Light Fire, it is important to check in with your local council in case there are any restrictions.”
Mr Gillespie said there were specific instances where a fire could be lit without the need for a permit, provided the right precautions were in place.
“This includes when a fire is smaller than two-metres in all directions or if it is for the purpose of cooking or warmth in an enclosed fireplace,” he said.
“But in most instances a permit is required, and it is important to check if you need one before you start to burn.”
Mr Gillespie said residents should also contact their neighbours to advise them of their intention to apply for a permit.
Significant liabilities and penalties apply for failing to obtain a permit or failing to comply with permit conditions.
For more information about lighting fires in Queensland click here.
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