Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has extended a local fire ban for parts of South Western region. 
 
The local fire ban will remain in place until 2359hrs on Friday 20 December 2019 for residents in the Toowoomba and Southern Downs 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 barbeque, smoker or oven and managed appropriately.

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.