FIRE BAN: QFES has confirmed Coast residents are continuing to light backyard fires after firefighting heroes halted a wild bushfire from destroying Peregian Beach. Photo: Lachie Millard
FIRE BAN: QFES has confirmed Coast residents are continuing to light backyard fires after firefighting heroes halted a wild bushfire from destroying Peregian Beach. Photo: Lachie Millard

‘Selfish’ residents light fires as local ban extended

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has slammed residents flouting a fire ban in the region as selfish as restrictions are further extended.

Cr Jamieson at Sunshine Coast Council's ordinary meeting on Thursday recognised the recent efforts of emergency services before reminding those in attendance that dry conditions would continue to pose a threat to the region.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have extended a local fire ban through to 11.59pm on October 4 for residents on the Coast, in Noosa Shire and in surrounding local government areas.

"I've been reminded again this morning that there are still people lighting fires in their backyards to burn rubbish, which puts entire communities at risk and is a pretty selfish and uneducated response from people who would do that," Cr Jamieson said.

A fire service spokeswoman confirmed they had received several reports of fires being lit in backyards.

She advised that current conditions were 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 have been cancelled.

Power tools may be used during a local fire ban however QFES encouraged people to use them with extreme care and ensure adequate equipment was available to extinguish any fire which could start.

This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur.

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



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