Permits a must before lighting a fire

MANY people don't realise the permit to light a fire system in Queensland is co-ordinated by an army of volunteers who donate their own time to protect life and property in their local area.

While the Gympie Fire and Rescue Service is reminding all residents to be aware of their obligations and responsibilities when lighting a fire, they said a permit must be obtained first from a fire warden.

Firefighters said it was illegal to light an open fire larger than two metres in diameter anywhere in regional Queensland without a permit and it was a fire warden's job to issue them in rural areas.

And while landholders were responsible for reducing the risk of bushfires on their properties through hazard reduction burns, they still required a permit to do so.

They said tough penalties applied, including on-the-spot fines and prosecution, for large fires lit without permission.

A permit is a legal document and can only be issued by a chief fire warden or a volunteer fire warden in a designated area.

The permit can also protect against liability providing the person complies with the conditions and directions contained within the permit.

For more information on fire permits and for details on how to apply, visit rural

Once a permit is issued, people must notify neighbours and before lighting the fire phone the Gympie Fire Station on 5482 2566.

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