Contained fires in backyards can set the mood for an evening with friends, but smoke can also be a nuisance for neighbours.
Should you have a problem with smoke, always attempt to discuss the issue directly with the person responsible for the nuisance to try and achieve a solution. Agree on a definite time frame to do something about the problem. If the situation has not changed after that time, it may then be necessary to lodge an environmental nuisance smoke request.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services issue fire permits. You can lodge an application for a ‘Permit to Light Fire’ through your local Fire Warden.
When considering your application, the fire warden may impose conditions on a permit to reduce unwanted risk or nuisance to other people, property or the environment. The fire warden may also refuse to issue a permit if they believe that appropriate safety measures cannot be reasonably achieved.
A notification issued under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990, does allow certain fires to be lit without the need to obtain a permit, except if the fires are not permitted under a local law or other legislation. If there is a local law in your local government area prohibiting the lighting of fires, a permit will not be issued by the fire warden unless you have obtained the written permission of the local government.
This information has been quoted from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. For more information visit their website or phone the Emerald QFES office on (07) 4983 7580.
Fire danger ratings are used as a trigger for the level of advice and messaging to the community when a fire starts.