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QLD fires: total ban of fire in 42 areas of local government

A state of emergency has been declared in 42 Queensland local government areas, after a period of significantly aggravated fire conditions that is expected to continue until next week.

The state of emergency prohibits lighting all types of outdoor fires and prohibits certain activities that may cause fires.

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Acting Commissioner Mike Wassing said firefighting teams are fighting multiple fires and every possible step should be taken to prevent further fires. do not catch fire

"We live in conditions similar to those in the state-wide powder keg, and a spark is enough to start a fire that can burn for days," Wassing said.

"This declaration is essential to prevent bushfires from declaring themselves and endangering life and property."

Mr. Wassing stated that the declaration nullified all existing authorizations to light a fire, the prohibited fireworks and the ignition of any outdoor cooking fire.

"The statement also prohibits welding, grinding and the use of oxyacetylene cutting or heating on the outside," he said.

"The use of machines and power tools in open areas may increase the risk of fire, which is why it is essential that people do not use these tools outdoors.

"The declaration also gives QFES the power to rely on private resources, such as facilities and equipment, to help it fight or prepare fires."

Firefighters plan their next move in Cooroibah, Noosa Shire, today. Image: Rob Maccoll / AAP
media_cameraFirefighters plan their next move in Cooroibah, Noosa Shire, today. Image: Rob Maccoll / AAP

Mr Wassing said that substantial sanctions could be imposed on those who violated the declaration.

"The penalties for violating this statement are severe – a fine of up to $ 3,336 or a two-year prison sentence," he said.

"Our teams are doing a fantastic job protecting lives and property, and we are asking Queenslanders to continue to do their part to prevent fires from igniting and spreading."

Wassing urged residents of Queensland to remain vigilant and continue to follow the advice of the authorities.

"Everyone should have a survival plan against bush fires and know what he's going to do if a fire approaches," he said.

"People need to keep up-to-date on the QFES website and social media channels, and tune in to local radio.

"It is important that they follow the advice given and that they do not leave too late to evacuate if they need it.

"Bushfire prevention is a community effort, so it's essential that people report fires at triple-0 immediately."

Zones of total fire ban

SOUTH EAST

• Gold Coast City

• Ipswich City

• Lockyer Valley Regional Region

• Logan City

• Regional scenic area

• Somerset Regional

BRISBANE

• Brisbane City

• Moreton Bay Regional Region

• Redland City

NORTH COAST

• Bundaberg Regional

• Cherbourg aboriginal county

• Fraser Coastal Region

• Regional Gympie

• Noosa Shire

• North Burnett Regional

• South Burnett Regional

• Sunshine Coast Regional

SOUTH WEST

• Southern Downs Region

• Goondiwindi Region

• Toowoomba Region

• Western Downs Region

CENTRAL

• Banana Shire

• Gladstone Region

• Rockhampton Regional

• Central Highlands Region

• Woorabinda Aboriginal County

• Livingstone County

• Isaac Regional

• Mackay Regional

• Blackall Tambo Regional

NORTH

• Whitsunday Regional

• Burdekin Shire

• City of Townsville

• Hinchinbrook County

• Charters Tours Regional

• Flinders County

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