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. To report all fires, or if you see smoke, call 000 (Triple Zero).
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.
Bushfire smoke and your health
Bushfire smoke can reduce air quality in rural and urban areas and may affect people’s health. How smoke affects you depends on your age, pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma or heart disease, and the length of time you are exposed to the smoke.
The Bushfire smoke and your health (PDF 400 KB) fact sheet provides information on bushfire smoke, how it can affect you and your family’s health, and actions that you can take to avoid or reduce potential health effects.
For more information on bushfire smoke and your health, visit the Queensland Heath website.
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 Council's fire management and prescribed burns, download the Prescribed Burns Information (PDF 1409 KB) brochure, or visit the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website for more information on bushfires.
To report all fires, or if there is an emergency, call 000 (Triple Zero).