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

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.

The planned burn information is also included in a table below the map.

Planned burns for 2019

This table provides a summary of burns listed by suburb, reserve, locality, area and additional information
Suburb Reserve Locality Area Additional information
Chermside West Milne Hill Reserve This burn is located in the eastern side of the reserve between Hamilton Road and behind residences on Kenna Street and Syma Street 4.7 ha Smoke may affect Hamilton Road and settle in surrounding suburbs overnight. Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
McDowall Chermside Hills Reserve This burn is loacted along the eastern boundary of Chermside Hills Reserve behind residences on Stanley Place and Nellings Place. 2.4 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke.  Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Bald Hills Tinchi Tamba Wetlands This burn is located in Tinchi Tamba Wetlands at the end of Wyampa Road. 16 ha Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Chermside West John Goss Reserve This burn is located on the northern side of John Goss between Maundrell Terrace and Kenna Street and behind residences on Ashley Rd. 4 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke.
Stafford Heights Raven St Reserve This burn is located on the eastern side of the reserve between Waitara Street, Federation St, Shelgate St, Tyrone St and Rode Rd. 7 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke. Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Grange Grange Forest Park This burn is located between Raymont Road and Blandford Street, The Grange. 2.4 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke.
Bracken Ridge Mensforth Bushland This burn is located between Quinlan St, Childs St and Carl Pl. 5 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke. Smoke may impact on Gateway Mtwy
Burbank Brisbane Koala Bushlands - Mt Petrie Section This burn is located in Brisbane Koala Bushlands along Prout Road, Burbank 36 ha This burn will take place at night.
Burbank Brisbane Koala Bushlands - Alperton Park Priest Gully This burn is located in Brisbane Koala Bushlands near Alperton Rd. 22 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke. Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn. Alperton Rd may be affected.
Burbank Brisbane Koala Bushlands Jenyns Crt This burn is located in the southern section of the reserve near Jenyns Court. 16 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke. Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Burbank Brisbane Koala Bushlands Suzette St This burn is located near JC Trotter along Cherbon St, Cooee St and Mount Cotton Rd. 15 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke.  Mount Cotton Rd may be affected by smoke - traffic control will be in place during the burn. This burn will occur on the weekend in the evening.
Carindale Belmont Hills Bushland This burn is located between Old Cleveland Rd and Ewer Street on the western side of the power easement. 22 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke. Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn. Old Cleveland Rd and the Gateway Mtwy may be affected by smoke. This burn will occur at night.
Hemmant Hemmant Quarry Reserve This burn is located at the junction of Fleming Rd and Wynnum Rd side of the reserve. 6 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke. Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn. Wynnum Rd and Fleming Rd may be affected by smoke.
Holland Park Whites Hill Reserve This burn is located between Boundary Road,  and the She-Oak, Ironbark and Mahogany Tracks. 16 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke. Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Chandler Tilley Road Park This burn is located in the reserve along Ring Rd.  24 ha Local residences and sports complex may be affected by smoke.
Karawatha Karawatha Forest This burn is located in Karawatha Forest Park between Garfield Road and Acacia Road behind residences on Poplar Avenue, Progress Avenue, Pamela Crescent and Patricia Avenue. 20 ha The burn requires specific wind conditions to minimise smoke impact on Trinder Park Aged Care facility. Local residences may be affected by smoke. The Wallum Trail, Brushtail Track and Dentata Track will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Nathan Toohey Forest This burn is located in Toohey Forest Park along the Inter-Campus Link Track between the Pacific Motorway and Don Young Road. 12 ha Smoke may affect the Pacific Motorway.
Parkinson Parkinson Bushlands This burn is located between Mt Lindesay Highway and the Logan Motorway, Parkinson. 32 ha This burn may be conducted on a weekend to reduce impact on traffic.
Heathwood Dan Stiller Reserve The burn is located between Stapalyton Road through to the residences on Wirewood Pl, Spotted Gum, Acacia and Steelwood Streets and the Logan Motorway. 11 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke. Smoke may also impact the Logan Motorway and Stapylton Rd.
Karawatha Kuraby Bushland This burn is located behind residences along Rubicon Cres and Chesterfield Cres and along a narrow section next to the Gateway Motorway. 10 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke. Smoke may also impact the Gateway Mtw
Salisbury Toohey Forest This burn is located between Monash Road, the Grass Tree Track, Toohey Ridge Track and Tallowood Track and behind residences on Isabella Street. 16 ha The Grass Tree Track, Toohey Ridge Track and Tallowood Track may be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
         
Mt Coot-tha Mt Coot-tha Reserve This burn is located between Sir Samuel Griffith Drive and the Western Freeway and the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. 41 ha Sir Samuel Giffith Drive may be affected by smoke. The Citriodora Trail and Frogmouth Trail may be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Mt Coot-tha Mt Coot-tha Reserve This burn is located between Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, the Summit Track and the Aboriginal Art Trail. 49 ha The Summit Track and Aboriginal Art Trail may be closed for up to two weeks after the burn. Smoke may impact Sir Samuel Griffith Drive.
Mt Coot-tha Mt Coot-tha Reserve This burn is located between Sir Samuel Griffith Drive and Moggill Rd. 14.3 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke.
Anstead Hawkesbury Road Nature Refuge This burn will take place in Primley Street Park in bushland between Primley Street and Moggill Conservation Reserve 12 ha Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.

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:26 November 2019