Given Logan's leafy areas and large areas of natural bushland, bushfire is a potential threat, particularly in the drier months. Bushfire season can vary significantly from year to year, depending on the fuel loads, long-term climate and short-term weather condition.
You don’t have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfires, as fires can occur in suburbs where houses are surrounded by grassland, bush or parkland. When there is a bushfire in or near your area, you and your home may be affected by burning material, embers and smoke.
Bushfires can spread quickly, however there are steps you can take to minimise the impact of bushfires and house fires.
Prepare yourself and your property
- Prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan and a Bushfire Survival Kit
- Find out if there is a nearby Neighbourhood Safer Place
- Make sure your property has clear access for fire trucks
- Trim low-lying branches and native shrubs growing too close to the house
- Remove all rubbish, leaf litter, firewood and fuel containers near the house
- Clear roof and gutters of leaves, twigs, bark and other debris
- Mow your grass regularly to keep it short
- Rake up leaves, twigs and branches
- If possible, make a firebreak around your home (use mower, rake, spade)
- Fill in any gaps around windows, door frames and roof eaves
- If you plan to leave - do so early, before a bushfire threatens your area
- Let family members, neighbours and friends know you have left
- Move cars to a safe location
- Close windows and doors and shut blinds
- Take down curtains and move furniture away from windows
- Seal gaps under doors and windows with wet towels
- Bring pets inside, restrain them and provide them with water
- Fill containers with water – baths, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins
- Listen to your local radio/TV station for official information, as well as advice on damage and service disruptions
Logan City Council’s Prescribed Burn program intends to strategically reduce the bushfire hazard in selected areas of parks and reserves throughout the city.
Council mitigates the impacts of bushfires by working in partnership with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Parks and Wildlife to undertake planned burns on Council-owned land and State-controlled land. Council also does regular fire break maintenance to ensure access is maintained for emergency vehicles.
For more information on bushfires, visit the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website.