Local fire restrictions will conclude this evening in the Somerset Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Ipswich City Council areas as fire conditions ease and with localised storms and rainfall forecast.

Rural Fire Service (RFS) Regional Manager Alan Gillespie said although the local fire restrictions had been lifted, residents in those areas should be aware that fire permit restrictions would remain in place and residents were asked to remain on alert and report all fire activity.

“While local fire restrictions have been lifted, fire permits will continue to be restricted throughout the Region as fire conditions are still heightened,” Mr Gillespie said.

“While firefighters are taking precautions, we’re also asking residents to be extra vigilant and proactive in reporting bushfires.

“Report any suspicious behaviour by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or contacting your local police station. If you see something, or know something, say something.”

Mr Gillespie urged landowners to take extra care when operating machinery as the smallest spark could potentially start a bushfire.

“Residents need to take extra care as there is still the potential for bushfire even with the lifting of fire restrictions” he said.

“Avoid operating machinery or power tools that cause a spark and always have firefighting equipment on hand should a spot fire occur.

“Keep an extinguisher on your vehicle and check all firefighting equipment to make sure it is ready should you be threatened by a bushfire.” 

Mr Gillespie said motorists should monitor conditions and stay up to date with bushfire information when travelling.

“Always check on the RFS current incidents page or Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) social media pages for potential bushfire activity,” he said.

“Windy conditions can push smoke throughout the local area and if you find yourself driving through smoke, slow down, turn on your lights and look out for emergency vehicles.

“Never flick your cigarette butt out of the window and always dispose of them correctly.

“If you or your property is ever threatened by a bushfire call Triple Zero (000) immediately.”

Further information on bushfire preparation can be found at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.