Backyard fires (smoke & fumes)

Backyard fires are a risk to your own and neighbouring properties if they get out of hand and can also produce smoke and fumes that are a nuisance to the neighbourhood.

You are not allowed to "burn off" in your backyard unless you have obtained a permit through the Queensland Fire & Emergency Service (QFES). Burning off includes burning garden or other rubbish in an incinerator, on vacant land or on road reserve.

You are not allowed to light or maintain a fire in open air except for the purposes of cooking.  Even if you are cooking, you must still ensure that the fire does not cause smoke nuisance, irritation, annoyance or distress to others.

Council can issue a $667 fine to anyone lighting a fire that doesn't comply with the above.

Cane burning

Cane growers are permitted to burn sugar cane in accordance with the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990, provided minimum conditions are met.  Any cane grower can also apply to burn cane under the authority of a Permit to Light Fire.

For more information, contact your local Fire Warden or Rural Fire Service Area Office. For contact details visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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Last updated: 04 January 2021