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.
Current planned burns
Planned burns may result in an inversion layer (cool air) overnight which may cause some smoke to settle in lower areas. Staff will be on site to ensure the safety of the site the day following the planned burn. Public access to the areas around the burn area may be closed for up to two weeks.
|Time and date||Location||Affected areas|
|10am Sunday 13 August||Dandy’s Range, Kholo to the north of Lake Manchester Road.||Suburbs which may be affected by smoke include Kholo, Anstead, Bellbowrie, Mt Crosby, Karana Downs, with smoke visible from Lake Manchester Road and surrounding streets.|
|9am Sunday 13 August||Toohey Forest - Mt Gravatt, between Mt Gravatt Outlook Drive, Geebung walking track, Prenzler Street and Santley Streets.||Suburbs which may be affected by smoke include Mt Gravatt and Upper Mt Gravatt, with smoke visible from the Logan Road and surrounding streets.|
|9am Sunday 13 August||Bill Brown Sport Reserve between Cambridge Crescent and Cabbage Tree Creek||Suburbs which may be affected by smoke include Fitzgibbon, Taigum and Bracken Ridge, with smoke visible from the Telegraph Road, Lemke Road and surrounding streets.|
|9am Saturday 12 August||Tasman Place Park bushland between Trinity Way and the Logan Motorway, Drewvale.||Suburbs which may be affected by smoke include Drewvale and Parkinson, with smoke visible from the Logan Motorway, Trinity Way and surrounding streets.|
|10am Thursday 10 August||Moggill Conservation Park (Burn managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service)||
Suburbs which may be affected by smoke include Anstead, Pullenvale, Brookfield, Pinjarra Hills, Karana Downs, Mount Crosby, Bellbowrie and Moggill areas.
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.
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.
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.