5 fire bans and camp site closures you need to watch
AS THE fire that ravaged parts of the Sunshine Coast since Monday continues to burn towards parts of Peregian and Marcus Beaches, closer to home firefighters continue to monitor a bush fire in Cooloola's Teewah Beach, South of Double Island Point.
The fire, burning near Kings Bore Road, Teewah Beach was ignited by an abandoned campfire , Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service confirmed.
As of of 11.30am today (Wednesday, September 11), it posed no threat to property, however parts of the Teewah Beach Camping Area remain closed.
and posed no threat to property. However parts of the Teewah Beach Camping Area remain closed, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service confirmed today.
"Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep their medication close by,” the QPWS advised.
"Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions. If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.”
Severe fire danger conditions in the Gympie region for the rest of the week mean fire bans remain in place.
QPWS has issued the following closures and fire bans in the Gympie region:
Visitors must comply with closures, fire prohibition, and the directions of QPWS rangers or penalties may apply.
1. Campsites closed Teewah Beach due to fire
Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park
(Applies until 19 September 2019)
TEEWAH Beach Camping Area is partially closed due to a wildfire currently burning adjacent.
The area between the yellow triangular positioning marker T5 through to marker T8 is temporarily closed until declared safe. The area which is closed covers the southern half of the Teewah Beach Camping Area. Camping is permitted in the areas between markers T1 to T4 (which is the northern half of the Teewah Beach Camping Area).
Visitors should take note of the nearest yellow positioning marker to determine your location.
Camping capacity has been reduced in accordance with the partial closure.
The entire Eastern and Western Firebreak (also known as the Kings Bore Circuit), is temporarily closed due to a wildfire currently burning. The closure will remain in place until conditions are considered safe.
2. Total camping fire ban, Cooloola, Inskip, K'gari (Fraser Island)
(Applies until 19 September 2019)
UNTIL further notice, open fires must not be lit anywhere in the Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area, and Cooloola Recreation Area, including Teewah Beach and Poverty Point campgrounds.
The fire ban also applies to K'gari (Fraser Island), including in fire rings at Dundubara and Waddy Point camping areas.
Open fires are defined as: wood fires that are not fully self-contained, including open campfires and fires in braziers, drums, other open containers, and QPWS supplied fire-rings and barbeques.
Permitted cooking and heating appliances include fuel stoves using manufactured fuels (e.g. LPG, hexamine fuel blocks, briquettes or heat beads).
Appliances must be:
- Off the ground (recommended minimum height 200mm) and should not result in ash or coal deposit on the ground.
- Fully self-contained unit (e.g. 'Ozpig' heating appliance).
- Well away from vegetation.
3. National parks total fire ban
(Applies until 16 September 2019)
FIRES are not permitted anywhere within the National Parks or State Forests across the Gympie, Sunshine Coast and Noosa local government areas due to the current very high or severe fire danger. This notice will remain in place until the risk of wildfire moderates.
This alert applies to the following Gympie region parks:
- Amamoor State Forest and National Park
- Brooyar State Forest
- Imbil State Forest
- Tuchekoi National Park
- Woondum National Park
4. Cooloola Great Walk restriction
(Applies 30 November 2019 until 29 February 2020)
AS A result of high fire danger conditions experienced over the warmer months, a seasonal restriction on bookings for the Cooloola Great Walk and the Cooloola Wilderness Trail is implemented yearly from 30 November to 29 February.
High fire danger conditions pose an unacceptable risk to the safety of walkers in remote areas and some walking tracks may be closed at short notice. Restrictions on forward bookings are limited to one month in advance only and intended to reduce any impact on visitors if any walking tracks are closed at short notice.
This restriction affects:
- Cooloola Great Walk
- Cooloola Wilderness Trail
- All Cooloola Great Walk and Cooloola Wilderness Trail campsites
- Cooloola Sandpatch walk
The following short or day walks in Cooloola Recreation Area will remain open: Carlo Sandblow walk, Double Island Point walk, Poona Lake walk, Freshwater Lake walk and circuit, Boronia walk, Mill Point circuit, Kinaba and Fig Tree Point.
During the seasonal restriction, rangers will regularly assess the fire danger conditions.
5. K'gari (Fraser Island) Great Walk
(Applies until 5 October 2019)
THE Fraser Island Great Walk is closed due to high fire danger. This closure affects:
- The Great Walk from Dilli Village to Happy Valley.
- All access tracks to the Great Walk from Hook Point via Jabiru Swamp; from the eastern beach via Markwell's Break, Eurong and Winnam camping area; and from barge landings at Wanggoolba Creek and Kingfisher Bay.
- All Great Walk campsites.
The following day walks will remain open: Central Station to Pile Valley, Central Station to Basin Lake, Kingfisher Bay to Z-Force.
For your safety, please do not enter these closed areas and observe all signage and directions from the rangers.