Planned burns

Our Planned Burn Program helps reduce bushfire risk in parks and reserves. By burning selected parts of parks, we can help to control the spread of bushfires.

Why we conduct planned burns

  • Planned burns reduce the fuel hazard in bushfire-prone areas by slowly burning off undergrowth in controlled conditions that allow animals to escape.
  • Planned burns improve forest health by allowing and promoting natural regeneration of local plants.
  • Planned burns maintain bushland safety. They are only conducted under a Permit to Light, issued by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), and they are only conducted in suitable weather conditions.

How we manage planned burns

  • We conduct planned burns between April and July, to align with QFES Operation Cool Burn. This timing can be adjusted to suit seasonal conditions. 
  • We plan burns by considering the overall bushfire risk, safety for staff and the impact on plants and animals.
  • We use online weather forecasts to determine the most suitable day for the burn.
  • The staff that develop and conduct the planned burns are trained in conservation, land management, fire management and wildfire suppression.

How we will let you know about planned burns

  • We write to people living in adjoining properties before any planned burn.
  • We use social media and our website to notify the community about planned burns. 
  • If we postponed a burn due to poor weather conditions, we will rescheduled it for the next suitable day.

If a planned burn is postponed until the next year's burn season, we will notify residents by mail or email.

How you can prepare for a planned burn

When you know a planned burn is happening nearby:

  • close your doors and windows
  • take washing off the line
  • limit going outside
  • drive to the conditions.

For more information about planned burns, please download the Planned burns brochure (PDF 1409 KB) or visit the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website.

Proposed burn locations for 2020

Suburb Reserve Location within park Area Additional information
Cornubia Cornubia Forest Park (PDF 307 KB) Central northern block 18 Ha This planned burn has been completed. 
Greenbank Spring Mountain Forest Park (PDF 195 KB) West of Warbler Court and Honeyeater Drive 10 Ha This planned burn has been completed. 

Springwood Conservation Park (PDF 185 KB)

Between Spur Track and Gorge Discovery Track, near Springwood Road 

2 Ha  This planned burn has been completed. 
Greenbank Bombala Reserve (PDF 104 KB) Southern portion near Ison Road 3 Ha This planned burn has been completed. 
Greenbank Lance Road Park (PDF 112 KB) Central portion past the end of Tyson Road 4 Ha This planned burn has been completed. 
Greenbank Wearing Park (PDF 132 KB) West of Deborah Court 5 Ha This planned burn has been completed. 

Bushfires can spread fast. There are steps you can take to reduce the risks and effects of bushfires and house fires.