Hot, windy conditions prompt season’s first fire ban
WARM and windy conditions prompted Queensland Fire and Emergency Services to impose a fire ban for residents in the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Logan and Ipswich local government areas.
The ban is currently in place until midnight on Saturday, however a QFES spokeswoman said it was likely the ban would be extended to midnight Sunday.
The Toowoomba local government area is also likely to be added the area where open fires are banned.
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 are 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.
Click here for more details on the fire ban.