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 Council's Newsroom and also 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.

2017 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.

As an alternative to the online map, the planned burn information is also included in a table below the map.

Suburb Reserve Locality Area Additional information
Anstead Hawkesbury Road Nature Refuge This burn will take place in Primley Street Park in bushland between Primley Street and Moggill Conservation Reserve. 13.5 ha Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Burbank Brisbane Koala Bushlands - Grieve Road section This burn is located in the Grieve Road section of Brisbane Koala Bushlands between Grieve Road and Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road. 11.1 ha Smoke may be a possibility on these roads.
Burbank Brisbane Koala Bushlands - Mt Petrie Section This burn is located in Brisbane Koala Bushlands along Prout Road, Burbank. 35.2 ha This burn will take place at night.
Burbank Longton Court Park (no. 100) This burn is located at the end of Jenyns Court, Burbank. 31 ha Smoke may settle in the area overnight.
Chermside West Raven Street Reserve The burn is located in the Raven Street Reserve along Rode Road and Raven Street. 6.5 ha Walking tracks and bikeway traffic may be affected. Tracks may be closed for up to two weeks following the burn.
Drewvale Tasman Place Park This burn is located in bushland between Trinity Way and the Logan Motorway, Drewvale. 12 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke.
Fitzgibbon Bill Brown Sports Reserve The burn will be located in Bill Brown Sport Reserve between Cambridge Crescent and Cabbage Tree Creek. 4.5 ha  
Grange Grange Forest Park This burn is located between Raymont Road and Blandford Street, The Grange. 2 ha Local residences may be affected by smoke.
Karawatha Karawatha Forest - block 3 This burn is located in bushland behind the Islamic School of Brisbane and Seventh Day Adventist Church. 16 ha The burn will be conducted during school holidays or an a weekend to minimise impact on school children. 
Karawatha Karawatha Forest - block 14b This burn is located between Wembley Road, Garfield Road and the Hakea Track. 37 ha Smoke may impact Gateway Motorway.
Keperra Keperra Bushland This burn is located in Keperra Bushland behind residences on Cobalt St, Carbool Close and Kerryn Place. 3.5 ha Burn may be conducted in stages. Smoke may settle in the area overnight.  Surrounding tracks will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Kholo Dandys Range Bushland This burn is located in Dandys Range Bushland, Kholo between Dandys Court and the SEQ Water boundary. 42 ha Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Mt Coot-tha Mt Coot-tha Forest - block 2 This burn is located in Mt Coot-tha Forest between Sir Samuel Griffith Drive and the Western Freeway 43 ha Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn. Smoke may impact the Freeway.
Mt Coot-tha Mt Coot-tha Forest - block 7 This burn is located in Mt Coot-tha Forest between Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, The Kokoda Track and behind residences along Tinarra Crescent and Greenford Road. 52 ha Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Mt Coot-tha Mt Coot-tha Forest - block 9 This burn is located in Mt Coot-tha Forest between Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Highwood Road and Moggill Road. 61 ha Smoke and lane restrictions will occur along Sir Samuel Griffith Drive.  Tracks along the perimeter and within the burn are will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Mt Coot-tha Mt Coot-tha Forest - block 20 This burn is located between Sir Samuel Giffith Drive, the Eugenia Circuit and Powerful Owl Trail. 14.3 ha Range View and Grey Gum picnic areas will be affected. Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Mt Coot-tha Mt Coot-tha Forest - block 21 This burn is located in Mt Coot-tha Forest between Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Stringybark Track and the Eugenia Circuit.   30 ha Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Mt Gravatt Toohey Forest - Mt Gravatt section The burn is located between Mt Gravatt Outlook Drive, Geebung walking track, Prenzler Street and Santley Streets. 12.4 ha Mt Gravatt Outlook Drive will be closed to traffic, pedestrians and cyclists. Echidna Cafe will be notified of the closure.
Nathan Toohey Forest This burn is located in Toohey Forest between the Toohey Road Picnic area and Canfield Street and between the Lophostomon Track and the Western Lookout. 12 ha The Lophostomon Track and Sandstone circuit will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn
Parkinson Parkinson Bushlands This burn is located between Beaudesert Road and the Logan Motorway, Parkinson. 32 ha This burn may be conducted on a weekend to reduce impact on traffic.
Seven Hills Seven Hills Reserve - blocks 4 and 5 This burn is located along the southern edge Seven Hills Reserve between Blackwood Avenue, Fleetway Street and D'Arcy Road  5 ha Tracks in the area will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn. 
Seven Hills Seven Hills Reserve - block 7 This burn is located next to Lossock Avenue, Seven Hills.   Tracks in the area will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn. 
Stretton Karawatha Forest This burn is located adjacent to the Quarry  13 ha Lomatia Track will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.
Tarragindi Toohey Forest This burn is located in bushland in Toohey Forest between Mayfield Road and Toohey Road. 8 ha Smoke may affect residences to the north of this burn. Ignition will occur after 9am to reduce impact on traffic. Traffic control will be in place during the burn. Bikeway, walking tracks and picnic area will be affected.

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.

08 September 2017