Fire ban issued
THE Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has advised a total fire ban applied on national parks, state forests and conservation parks in south-east Queensland until further notice.
The ban covers camping and day-use areas, and includes islands.
All open fires are prohibited. This includes camping fire rings and wood barbecues. Only fuel stoves may be used, with care.
All permits to light fire issued in the designated area are cancelled.
This ban aligns with QFES declared local fire bans.
QPWS is sending SMS messages to alert campers already on site. Rangers are visiting camp grounds and erecting signs.
Fire bans may apply in other parts of Queensland. Check park alerts at www.npsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/
A QPWS spokesperson said they were aware the bans and closures would affect school holiday visitors; however, safety was the number one priority.
Always observe fire restrictions in parks and forests, and follow the directions of rangers and signage.
Report wildfires immediately to 000. Early reporting may avert a serious wildfire.
Visitors to Queensland national parks and state forests can keep up to date on conditions via park alerts at www.npsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/.
Information about QPWS fire management is at www.npsr.qld.gov.au/managing/fire_management.html.