Bushfires

Coronavirus and preparing yourself against smoke during planned burns

The personal safety of Brisbane residents and visitors is our top priority. In accordance with advice from Queensland Health, Council’s hazard reduction burns will proceed as normal in order to protect lives and property. Due to coronavirus, Council recommends that residents make early precautions to prepare for smoke during this essential activity.

Smoke generated from hazard reduction burns from within and outside Brisbane may impact the health of residents. Residents with respiratory and other health conditions should make early arrangements to prepare for smoke. This may include:

  • arranging an early check up with your doctor or medical provider
  • stocking up on sufficient medication
  • arranging an emergency contact and a safe, alternate location to relocate from smoke.

Check our Coronavirus: Council updates and impacts page for latest updates. Find out more information about planned burns and how to protect yourself from smoke. For more health advice visit Queensland Health website.

Vegetation clearing permits 

Council is aware that the Queensland Government has recently communicated with some property owners about removing vegetation to manage bushfire risk. All Brisbane property owners are reminded to check with Council whether their property has protected vegetation under the Natural Assets Local Law, and to apply for a permit before interfering with vegetation for bushfire purposes.

Fire bans

Fire bans are currently in place across Queensland. For more details on locations and how this may impact you, visit the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website.

Managing fire is vital for protecting our homes and maintaining environmental habitats. Queensland's bushfire season traditionally runs from August to December each year, so it is important to be prepared. Find out how you can prepare your family, pets and property ahead of the bushfire season.

Prepare your property

Residents are encouraged to prepare their own properties ahead of the bushfire season, especially if their property backs onto or is near a bushland area.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises properties that are well prepared are far more likely to survive a bushfire. To protect your property against bushfires you should:

  • check to see if the vegetation on your property is protected under the Natural Assets Local Law 2003 (NALL) by phoning Council on 07 3403 8888
  • clear space around buildings
  • clear and remove undergrowth near buildings
  • fill in any gaps around windows, door frames and eaves
  • protect larger under deck areas with non-flammable screens
  • rake up bark, leaves and twigs
  • make sure your property has clear access for fire trucks.

For more tips on preparing for the bushfire season, refer to the protecting your property page and the Rural Fire Service Bushfire Survival Plan.

What Council is doing

Council carries out the following activities to manage bushfire:

  • bushfire management planning
  • constructing and maintaining firebreaks and management access tracks
  • conduct regular planned burns on Council land to reduce wildfire risk and maintain the health of bushland. Council aims to reduce the amount of fire fuel such as dead wood, by 75% over the 60 to 80% of the land being burned
  • bushfire monitoring
  • community engagement
  • working with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

Protect yourself from smoke

Smoke inhalation can cause irritation to the eyes and respiratory system, and can potentially cause people with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart and lung disorders to experience a worsening of symptoms. Find out how you can protect yourself against smoke inhalation.

Find out more

If you suspect a bushfire, first check whether the fire is part of Council's planned burns program. For more information, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Last updated:29 April 2020