Fire ban extended for Logan, Scenic Rim as BOM forecasts sweltering weather

BUSHFIRE RISK: Fire mitigation burns earlier this year in the Redlands.
BUSHFIRE RISK: Fire mitigation burns earlier this year in the Redlands.

UPDATE Tuesday

A FIRE ban for south-east regions, including Logan and the Scenic Rim, has been extended as residents endure a sweltering week.

The local fire ban - in place since Saturday - has been extended until 11.59pm on Monday, December 7 for residents in the Logan, Scenic Rim, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Gold Coast local government areas.

It comes amid a week of temperatures in the mid 30s, possibly exceeding 40 degrees on Wednesday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said heightened conditions were perfect for bushfires to ignite and spread quickly.

Fires are permitted for cooking and warmth, if properly contained.

Fires must not be left unattended and a firefighting device (such as a garden hose or extinguisher) must be available.

Fires lit for the purpose of disposal of animal carcasses or for commercial necessity are also allowed, subject to the issue of a Permit to Light Fire by the Chief Fire Warden.

Fires lit for the purpose of burning standing cane for harvest (between 6pm and 5am) or burning tops and trash (between 6pm and 9am) is allowed, with a permit.

Information on fire bans and the exemptions that can apply can be found at ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

EARLIER

FIRES are a no-go in Logan and the Scenic Rim on the weekend and into next week, with temperatures expected to exceed 40 degrees in the coming days.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has imposed a local fire ban, starting from 12.01am on Saturday, for Logan, the Scenic Rim, Ipswich, the Lockyer Valley, Somerset and the Gold Coast.

In an alert, QFES said current and upcoming fire conditions were perfect for bushfires to ignite and spread quickly.

The weather bureau is forecasting a dry and hot week, with temperatures in Jimboomba and Beaudesert tipped to hover around the mid to high 30s, peaking at a sweltering 40 degrees on Wednesday.

There will be some relief on Thursday, with clouds rolling in bringing a higher chance of rain, and the maximum temperature dropping to 31 degrees.

From Saturday until the ban ends at 11.59pm on Wednesday, all open fires are prohibited and all fire permits have been cancelled.

Fires lit for the purpose of cooking or providing warmth are allowed but must be used within a proper constructed vessel like a barbeque, pizza oven or fire pit, where the fire cannot escape or cause embers to drift.

Power tools can still be used but QFES encouraged people to exercise extreme care and have fire extinguishing equipment on hand.

For more information, visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au.