Planned burns

Planned burning on Brisbane City Council land is used to maintain the health of forests and lessen the impact of wild fires. 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. Some areas of the forest are left untouched, which can be used by wildlife as a refuge and help re-establish vegetation in the burnt sections.

Managing fire is vital for protecting our homes and maintaining environmental habitats. Queensland's bushfire season traditionally runs from August to October/November each year, so it is important to be prepared. Find out where Council is conducting planned burns and how you can prepare your property ahead of the bushfire season.

Council staff involved in fire management activities are trained in bushland management, planned burning techniques, wildfire suppression and take care to minimise the impact to local wildlife

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.

When burns will be held

Specific dates for burns can't be given, but neighbours adjoining the burn areas will be notified by letterbox drop. Notifications are posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages on the day of a burn.

Most planned burns in Brisbane take place between February and August. Council staff use weather and air-quality forecasts to determine the best day for each planned burn.

Burns postponed due to poor weather conditions will be rescheduled.

Using the planned burn area map

Select a shaded area to find the reserve name, location and information relating to the burn area that is planned to take place this year.

You can view the planned burns in an accessible text version using the toggle located at the top right-hand side of the map. 

Planned burns map for 2020

Protecting wildlife

To protect wildlife during a planned burn, Council:

  • aims to carry out cooler, less intense and slower burns with lower flames
  • excludes sensitive wildlife habitat from planned burn areas
  • burns in a mosaic/patchy manner
  • inspects sites for wildlife and clears around hollow-bearing trees and important habitat features prior to burns
  • tries to ensure that wildlife has safe movement corridors if they need to move out of the area temporarily. 

More information

For more information on planned burns across Brisbane, phone Council on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak with the Regional Natural Environment Coordinator for your region.

Last updated:30 April 2020