Permission needed for clean- up fires
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.