A local fire ban is being imposed across south-east Queensland as a dangerous cocktail of record-dry conditions and intense winds heighten the risk of bushfires. 
A 24-hour local fire ban will take effect from 12.01am Thursday, September 14 until 11.59pm on Thursday, September 14 and will cover the following areas: 

• Brisbane City Council
• Moreton Bay Regional Council 
• Redland City Council 
• Ipswich City Council 
• Somerset Regional Council
• Lockyer Valley Regional Council
• The City of Gold Coast
• Logan City Council
• Scenic Rim Regional Council 

All residents in these local government areas will be prohibited from lighting a fire in the open, unless it is within a properly constructed barbecue. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Director of Rural Operations Superintendent James Haig said the blanket ban was in response to dangerous weather conditions, which have propelled the fire danger to very high and severe in some areas.
“Large pockets of south-east Queensland are experiencing some of the driest conditions in more than 20 years,” Mr Haig said. 

“Throw in the prospect of extremely intense wind gusts of up to 75km/h tomorrow and we are looking at a significant bushfire risk over the next 24 hours.

“A fire that starts under these conditions has the potential to rapidly spread, threaten lives and properties and be difficult to contain.

“This is a major step but we are facing a serious situation at the moment. 

“The ground is dry, our forests are stressed and fuel loads are up due to Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
“Let me be clear: residents need to be alert, prepared and stay informed in case a bushfire starts in their area.

“People must not light a fire on their property, even small fires under two metres in any direction.

“Anyone caught lighting a fire during the ban not only risks their own safety but the safety of their community.”

Mr Haig said the local fire ban for south-east Queensland was a good reminder for residents to prepare a bushfire survival plan.

“No part of Queensland is immune from bushfire this season,” he said.

“There have been more than 1,700 bushfires since the start of August, from Cape York to the Gold Coast and out west as well. 

“All residents should take the time now to prepare their bushfire survival plan.”

Mr Haig said residents outside the local fire ban area should also take extra precautions if they intended to light a fire on their property. 

“Those planning on conducting a property burn should contact their local fire warden first to determine if it is safe to light a fire,” he said. 

“Permit holders need to make sure they comply with the permit conditions and ensure their permit is still valid, given restrictions have been imposed in many areas in light of the growing bushfire risk.” 

Visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au for more information on how to prepare a bushfire survival plan and to locate your local fire warden.