Mount Misery to burn ahead of fire season

QFES. Image supplied.

Over 2,000 hectares near Canungra will be burned as part of a controlled burn by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), ahead of this year’s fire season.

The significant hazard reduction burn has been organised in partnership with landowners at Mt Misery to take place in early August.

The burn will be conducted just outside the Canungra township and is expected to begin on Thursday 3 August, weather permitting, and last between seven and ten days.

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Canungra Rural Fire Service First Officer, Damon Rockliff said during the first three days of the burn helicopters will dispense aerial ignition devices to ignite the burn.

The excellent visibility of helicopters allows easy recognition of irregular boundaries in rugged terrain.

While the burn is taking place, the local community will be impacted by smoke.

Map show the area to be burned.

Rural Fire Service (RFS) officers have consulted extensively with local landholders and planning with residents is still ongoing ahead of the burn.

RFS South Coast Area Director Corey Bock said the burn forms part of the region’s broader mitigation program which will reduce bushfire risk for local residents.

“We are working hard now to prepare for bushfire season and this is one of our most important tools,” Mr Bock said.

“It’s so important that residents and landholders are getting ready too during the colder months,”

“Simple steps like mowing your lawn regularly, trimming overhanging branches and getting rid of flammable materials from around your home can all help to reduce your risk.”

“There’s no room for complacency. You need to know your risk.”

If you are planning on conducting a burn greater than two metres in any direction, you need to obtain a Permit To Light Fire from your local Fire Warden.  For more information visit the  QFES website (

Residents who have questions about the hazard reduction burn can contact Canungra Rural Fire Brigade by email to

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