Local fire bans extended for Gladstone Region
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has extended a local fire ban for the Gladstone Region.
The local fire ban will remain in place until midnight, Friday 20 December.
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.
QFES advises that heightened fire conditions are perfect for bushfires to ignite and spread quickly.
QFES is also encouraging people who use power tools, lawn mowers, slashers and chainsaws to take extreme care and ensure adequate equipment is available to extinguish any potential fire should it ignite.
This also involves having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that may occur.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast high temperatures for the region with maximum temperatures expected to be in the mid-to-high 30s until at least Saturday 7 December.
Due to these temperatures, Gladstone Regional Council is reminding residents – particularly the elderly and those who own pets and livestock – to take extra precautions should a fire ignite.
Council is also reminding residents to be careful when disposing of possible ignition sources in waste.
Some potential ignition sources are car batteries and lithium batteries such as phone and laptop batteries, chlorine, flares, lime and liquid acid.
Information on fire bans and the exemptions that can apply can be found on the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.