Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has extended a local fire ban for Central Region residents. 

The local fire ban will remain in place until 0700 hrs on Friday 10 January for residents in the Central Highlands, Woorabinda, Banana, Gladstone, Livingstone, Rockhampton and Isaac Local Government Areas.

Heightened fire conditions are perfect for bushfires to ignite and spread quickly. 

Under a local fire ban all open fires are prohibited and all Permits to Light Fire which have been issued in the designated areas have been cancelled. 

Fires lit for the purpose of cooking are permitted under a local fire ban provided they are not left unattended, are within a properly constructed receptacle and managed appropriately. 

Fires lit for the purposes of providing warmth are permitted between the hours of 1800 hrs and 0600 hrs provided they are not left unattended, are within a properly constructed receptacle, are no larger than 1m x 1m x 0.5m, are used in a suburban back yard and are managed appropriately. This exemption does not apply to bon fires. 

Fires lit for the purpose of disposing of animal carcasses are permitted provided a permit has been issued by the local fire warden

Fires lit for commercial necessity are permitted provided a permit has been issued by the local fire warden. 

Burning can be undertaken in line with the Notification for Sugar Cane Burning between the hours of 1800 and 0500.

Power tools may be used during a local fire ban however QFES encourages people to use these with extreme care and ensure adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire which may start.

This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur.

Information on fire bans and the exemptions that can apply can be found on the RFS website, www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.