Fire Management

Bushfire Information

The following websites contain information about current bushfires, fire bans and restrictions, fire prevention, bushfire planning and applying for a permit to light a fire:

Rural Fire Service Queensland

Local rural fire brigades patrol areas across Townsville and are often on the look-out for overgrown properties that are deemed a fire hazard. Residents in the Townsville area should follow the guidelines of the Rural Fire Service Queensland to clean up their yards and remove fire hazards.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website is full of information that will help you to prepare your home and your family for bushfire season. It will assist you in making the decision to stay or to leave and will outline the steps you need to take as a result of your decision.

Visit the Rural Fire Services website to find out more about preparing your home for potential bushfire threats.

Hazard Reduction Burns

Council is committed to ensuring the safety of our community, with a dedicated Emergency Management team planning for natural hazards and undertaking strategic measures to mitigate the associated risks.

Council conducts hazard reduction burns during the dry season each year as part of Council’s Bushfire Management Plan, to prevent the spread of bushfire and protect lives, property, and infrastructure. These controlled burns reduce the build-up of flammable fuel loads such as leaf litter, grasses, and shrubs.

Council’s hazard reduction burn program is conducted in partnership with various organisations, depending on the burn location, including:

  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services
  • Department of Resources
  • Department of Defence.

New Bushfire Management Drone Technology

Council has recently acquired an advanced heavy-lift bushfire management drone thanks to funding from the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grant. Designed for delivering water drums to hard-to-reach areas, this cutting-edge technology will be a game changer in our bushfire mitigation program. By revolutionising the way we conduct hazard reduction burns in places like Castle Hill, Mount Stuart, Mount Louisa, and Wulguru, this drone will play a crucial role in safeguarding our community against bushfires.

For more information about upcoming hazard reduction burns, see Works & Road Closures.