There are two sets of legislation affecting the use of fires outdoors within the Wamuran area:
The Act prohibits the lighting of any fire in Queensland in the open, without a Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) Permit to Light Fire (which can be obtained from a Fire Warden upon application). However, through a Notification under the Act, the Commissioner QFRS has exempted certain fires from requiring a Permit, provided adequate precautions are taken to prevent the spread of fire.
The exempt fires (i.e. those not requiring a QFRS Permit) include some industry-related fires as well as the following:
In order to enable local councils to manage smoke and fire nuisance in built-up areas, the Commissioner’s Notification also allows councils throughout the State to prohibit or restrict those exempt fires mentioned above.
In accordance with the Commissioner’s Notification, Moreton Bay Regional Council has enacted Subordinate Local Law No. 3 (Community and Environmental Management) 2011 to prohibit and restrict the exempt fires as follows:
Note: for details about the above prohibition and restrictions, see the Council’s subordinate local law at: www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/uploadedFiles/common/locallaws/Subordinate-Local-Law-3.pdf
Permit to Light Fire System
The Permit system in managed by local Fire Wardens appointed by the Commissioner QFRS. It ensures that any fire lit, is:
The process involved in obtaining a Permit to Light Fire is as follows:
Penalties exist for lighting a fire without a Permit and/or not abiding by the conditions on a Permit. Penalties can be a $500.00 fine or, if subject to legal action, may result in penalties of $5,000.00 or six months jail;
The Act provides indemnity for liability under common law for those who light a fire under a Permit and abide by it’s conditions – making it worthwhile for those who want to have a fire, to obtain a Permit from their Fire Warden.
Your Local Fire Warden
A contact number for your local Fire Warden can be found in the Fire Warden Finder on the Rural Fire website www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/
Obtaining a Permit to Light Fire
The Rural Fire website also provides detailed information on the Permit system, including brochures and downloadable copies of the Application for Permit to Light Fire (there’s also an example Application). To access this information, click on the Using Fire Outdoors link on the site.
Local Advice and Assistance
Fire Wardens and the Wamuran Rural Fire Brigade can provide advice on how to prepare for and conduct a fire. In some cases, the Brigade may also be able to assist with a burn, however as this is not normally part of the Brigade’s role, it is worthwhile checking with the Brigade before applying for a Permit.
As a community service, the Wamuran Rural Fire Brigade maintains a Fire Danger sign on the corner of the D’Aguilar Highway and Campbell’s Pocket Road at Wamuran.
This provides a good general reference to the fire danger in the area and should be checked by any resident intending to have a fire (either an exempt fire or a Permit fire). If the Fire Danger rating is at Very High or above, do not light your fire without checking with your Fire Warden or Rural Fire Brigade.
Information on Fire Danger Periods (when all fires require a Permit) and Fire Bans (when no fires are allowed), can be found on the Rural Fire website http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/
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