Per­mis­sion needed for clean- up fires

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Nathan Paull

NORTH Queens­lan­ders are be­ing urged not to light any il­le­gal fires dur­ing Cy­clone Yasi clean-up ef­forts.

Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice Re­gional Man­ager of Ru­ral Op­er­a­tions Ken Beasley said peo­ple needed to ob­tain a ‘‘ per­mit to light fire’’ from their fire war­den for any fire greater than two me­tres in any direc­tion.

‘‘ In Queens­land the Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice Act 1990 pro­hibits the light­ing of any u n a u t h o r i s e d f i r e , " M r Beasley said.

‘‘ Se­ri­ous penal­ties ap­ply for breaches of this act and may in­clude large fines and even im­pris­on­ment."

Mr Beasley re­minded res­i­dents once they re­ceive the p e r m i t , m a t e r i a l t o b e burned must be lo­cated away from over­head pow­er­lines and clear of other haz­ards and struc­tures.

In­for­ma­tion can be found at at www. ru­ral­fire. qld. gov. au.

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