Sunday, August 12, 2018

Local Fire Ban and Cancellation of Permits to Burn - Lockyer Valley Regional Council area and other SEQ Council areas


There is Local Fire Fire Ban in place from Sunday 12 August 2018 to Monday 13 August 2018 in the Local Government Areas of Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer, Logan, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast.

See: https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/Bushfire_Safety/Neighbourhood-Safer-Places/lgas/Pages/Lockyer-Valley-Regional-Council.aspx

In addition, all fire permits previously issued in the local fire ban area have been cancelled

See: https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety/Neighbourhood-Safer-Places/lgas/List Documents/Local fire Ban 12 to 13 August 2018.pdf

Note, the literal meaning of this is that the permits no longer exist - not that they automatically come back into effect after the end of the Local Fire Ban period.

There is more detail on this on the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services NEWSROOM website: https://newsroom.psba.qld.gov.au/Content/Default/Releases/Article/Permits-cancelled-as-south-east-Queensland-bushfire-threat-climbs/-3/27/14049

Mr Gillespie urged people to report any sign of fire to Triple Zero (000) immediately**.
 
“No matter how small, please report it so we can get on top of it as quickly as possible to protect life and property.”
 
For more information or to find your local fire warden, visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au
** For fires in the Helidon Hills Smokespotter area please also advise one of the Smokespotter Coordinators (see contact details below) so that we can immediately begin to get cross bearings on smoke from fires distant from houses and/or roads to help in accurately locating fires.

regards

Gordon


From the Declaration of Local Fire Ban giving effect to the above restrictions:
A prohibition on lighting fires in the open applies for the period 0001hrs Sunday 12th August 2018 to 2359 hrs on Monday 13th August 2018 in the fire ban area(s) specified hereunder:

Within the whole of the Local Government Areas of:

Ipswich Somerset Lockyer Logan Scenic Rim Gold Coast

All Permits to Light Fire previously issued in the local fire ban area are hereby cancelled, subject to the following exemptions.

THE FOLLOWING EXEMPTIONS APPLY:

Fires lit for the purpose of burning standing sugar cane for harvest in accordance with the established practice of the industry. The burning of standing cane is permitted between 1800 hrs and 0500 hrs the following day once a permit to burn has been obtained from the local fire warden for those blocks of cane that require a permit to burn.

Fires lit for the purpose of burning tops and trash between the hours of 1800hrs

and 0900hrs (6.00pm and 9.00am) once a permit to burn has been obtained from the local fire warden for those blocks of cane that require a permit to burn.

Fires lit in accordance with the provisions of Section 86A of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990, Part 6 Sections 53 Powers of authorised officer in dangerous situations and 55 Powers of authorised fire officer for preventative or Investigative purposes.


when it comes to bushfires, we are all neighbours
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Helidon Hills Smoke Spotter Coordinators:
Gordon Claridge 5462 1028 / 0401 346 036
Mike Ford 4600 9960 / 0418 732 504
KP Neilson 4697 8053 / 040 555 9812

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fire Bans - Sever Fire Weather - Fire Permits cancelled



There is a Fire Ban in place
for Thursday 14 September (from midnight last night to midnight tonight).  https://ruralfire.qld.gov.au/Bushfire_Safety/Neighbourhood-Safer-Places/lgas/Pages/Lockyer-Valley-Regional-Council.aspx and https://ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety/Neighbourhood-Safer-Places/lgas/List Documents/20170914-FireBan-SER.pdf

ALL Fire Permits within ALL of West Moreton area are cancelled.  This includes ALL Permits for the Lockyer Valley Regional Council area and supports / continues the revocation of Permits to Light for Ipswich and Somerset issued on the 7th of September 2017.


From the Meterological Bureau  http://www.abc.net.au/news/emergency/state/qld/#

For the rest of Thursday 14 September:

Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts:
Gulf Country, North West and Southeast Coast

The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises you to:
- Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
- Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station,
www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
- Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.
For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

No further warnings will be issued for this event, but the situation will
continue to be monitored and further warnings issued if necessary.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Just received from our local Fire Warden - all fire permits are cancelled till further notice - no fires to be lit

Tuesday 12 September 2017 6.10pm

Just had a call from our local Fire Warden.  All Fire Permits are cancelled till further notice and no fires are to be lit.

when it comes to bushfires, we are all neighbours
__________________________________
Helidon Hills Smoke Spotter Coordinators:
Gordon Claridge 5462 1028 / 0401 346 036
Mike Ford 4600 9960 / 0418 732 504
KP Neilson 4697 8053 / 040 555 9812

email: smokespotters@gmail.com (not for reporting smoke)

http://www.smokespotters.blogspot.com.au/

Today's Forest Fire Danger Rating

Fire Bans


Friday, August 18, 2017

New forecasts for rainfall and temp for Sept to Nov

A new quarterly overview of weather for September to November indicates that South East Queensland is likely to have slightly above average rainfall and a 60-70% chance of above average temperatures during the period.

Have a look here for rainfall: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/outlooks/#/rainfall/summary
and here for temperature: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/outlooks/#/temperature/maximum/median/seasonal/0

You can click on each of the small maps at the above links for more detail, and follow various links  to other detailed information.   Maps below are from the above sources.  Note that the main maps at those links are zoomable down to quite local detail - as in the temperature forecast map excerpt below.

Chance of above average rainfall for September to November


Chance of above average temperature for September to November



Monday, August 14, 2017

Landscaping for Bushfire - a very useful guide


From: Landscaping for Bushfire, CFA Victoria, 2011

 It looks like we are at the beginning of a bad bushfire season.  Planning ahead is the only sensible way to help ensure that your house and other infrastructure are as safe as possible from bushfires.

 Landscaping for Bushfire was developed by the Country Fire Authority in response  to Recommendation 44 from the Victorian Bushfires Royal  Commission.

While it is a Victorian publication and the regulations and many of the species referred to are Victorian, those aspects take up only a small part of what is covered.  The document provides a very useful reference on the principles of landscaping for bushfire protection and also offers a lot of useful suggestions.

I highly recommend it for anyone in the Lockyer Valley Region, or anywhere for that matter.

Stay safe.

when it comes to bushfires, we are all neighbours


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Permitted burns in the Ravensbourne area - pm Thursday 14 July

There will be two permitted burns this afternoon in fairly close proximity in the Ravensbourne area.  They will be between the Esk Hampton Road and the escarpment, north of the intersection of Seventeen Mile Road / National Park Road with the Esk Hampton Road.  Both are burning heaps of timber.

For QPWS: one of these burns is close to Ravensbourne National Park / Ravensbourne Nature Refuge.  Rain is expected in the area.

For Smokespotters: No need to report smoke from this vicinity.  If you have reason to believe that smoke seen in this general area is not from these permitted burns, please contact one of the Smokespotter Coordinators.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Controlled pm Wed 29 June and Thurs 30 June - Palm Tree / Buaraba area


Private Forestry Service Queensland will be carrying out controlled burns on Ergon properties south of the intersection of Palm Tree Road with Seventeen Mile Road this afternoon (Wed 29 June) and tomorrow 30 June.

Given the general dampness of the area the fires may be quite smoky.