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.
Logan City Council is responsible for the sustainable management of 900 parks and several bushland reserves in the city. This requires a proactive approach to minimising the dangers posed by uncontrolled bushfires which is achieved by conducting prescribed burns when weather conditions are favourable and trained staff are on standby.
Why conduct prescribed burns?
A prescribed burn is a planned operation used to achieve the following objectives
- Reduce the fuel hazard rating in bushfire prone areas by slowly burning off undergrowth in controlled conditions, allowing fauna to escape;
- Improve forest health by allowing and promoting natural regeneration of local plant communities;
- Bushland safety by conducting the fire under a Permit to Light, issued by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) in suitable weather conditions.
How prescribed burns are managed
Prescribed burn season generally runs from April through July and aligns with QFES’ Operation Cool Burn. This timeframe can be extended based upon favourable seasonal conditions.
- Burn block selection is identified using a prioritised, risk based approach relating to overall bushfire risk, safety for operations staff and the impact on flora and fauna
- Council staff use online weather forecasts to determine the most suitable day to implement the prescribed burn as per the permit
- Council staff that develop and implement the Prescribed Burns are trained in conservation & land management, fire management and wildfire suppression.
How we will let you know when prescribed burns are planned
Community notifications will be delivered by way of individual letter mail out to properties adjoining a reserve as per the requirements in the Permit to Light.
- Social media and the Council Website will be used to provide a wider reaching communication leading up to a prescribed burn.
- Burns postponed due to poor weather conditions will be rescheduled at the next suitable day
- If a prescribed burn is postponed until the next years Burn Season, notification letters are emailed/mailed to previously notified residents and key stakeholders informing them of the change in schedules.
How to prepare for a prescribed burn in your local area
A prescribed burn may cause some inconvenience however, you can prepare yourself and your property to reduce its impact by:
- closing doors and windows
- taking in washing
- limiting outdoor activities if smoke is a nuisance
- driving to suit conditions if there is decreased visibility
Prescribed burn proposed locations
|Cornubia||Cornubia Forest Park||End of Kimberley Drive||8ha||Tracks in the vicinity will be closed for up to two weeks after the burn.|
|Greenbank||Lance Road Park||Between Lance Road and Tyson Road||8ha||New boundary firebreaks will be constucted prior to the burn.|
|Logan Village||Quinzeh Creek Reserve||Between Tyson Court and Quinzeh Creek Road||8ha||Firebreak maintenance work prior to burn.|
Bushfires can spread quickly, however there are steps you can take to minimise the impact of bushfires and house fires.
If you have any immediate concerns regarding bushfires please dial 000 or for more information, visit the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service website.