Stricter rules for lighting fires
STRICT new rules regarding lighting fires will be enforced from the start of next week's fire danger period.
Firies are warning residents wanting to reduce fuel loads on their own properties they must first obtain a permit to light fire.
Some types of fires have previously been exempt from the requirement and these will continue, provided the use of fire is not prohibited by any local laws.
Residents unsure if there is such a local law covering their property should contact the Gympie Regional Council for further information.
Those who use a fire outdoors for cooking in a barbecue or a camp fire are exempt and do not require a permit, but are asked to take the utmost care.
Conditions applicable to camp fires include ensuring the ground and air space is clear of flammable material and fire and fuel used does not occupy an area of more than one square metre.
Find out who your local fire warden is by visiting www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or contact the local Rural Area office at Maryborough on 4190 4839.
The fire danger period is from midnight August 29, to midnight January 2, 2011.