Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has imposed a local fire ban for South West Region residents. The local fire ban has now been extended until 11.59pm on Sunday 15th September 2019.
This extended Local Fire Ban is imposed over all parts of the following Local Government Areas: Toowoomba Regional Council & Southern Downs Regional Council areas.
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.
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.
The ban is expected to remain in place until to 23:59 hours on on Sunday 15 September 2019. Information on fire bans and the exemptions that can apply can be found on the RFS website, www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.