Bushfire management
  • Last updated:
  • 09 Sep 2021

Council's bushfire management plans help protect and maintain ecosystems in the Sunshine Coast's 6,758 hectares of bushland reserves.

Community safety

Council are committed to the safety of the Sunshine Coast community and advise:

  • any threats to life and property call 000 (triple zero)
  • any residents affected by smoke are advised to close windows and doors, utilise air-conditioning and keep respiratory medication close at hand. Seek medical advice if you are susceptible to smoke impacts
  • as a precaution, road users are advised to drive to suit conditions as there is potential for smoke to reduce visibility.

Our Bushland Reserve Network Fire Management Guidelines[4334KB] have been developed to identify the range of bushfire management issues relevant to council and the actions required to address them.

We currently undertake a number of activities to reduce the risk of bushfires including:

  • making and maintaining a network of fire trails across the region for emergency vehicle access in the event of bushfires
  • assessing the bushfire risk from council reserves to nearby properties
  • some burning to reduce fuel loads and maintain the nature found in the reserve
  • mapping of planned and unplanned fires across the reserve network, and
  • supporting the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service as required in wildfire events.

Annual planned burn program (2021)

Planned burns will take place across the region between April and September to maintain healthy forests and reduce fuel loads before bushfire season.

An exact day for the burn cannot be provided in advance, as timing is highly dependent on if weather and site conditions are suitable. These conditions include, temperature, humidity, wind-speed and wind direction. Where a fire can’t go ahead, it will be rescheduled for another time.

Advance notice of any upcoming burn will be placed on this page or on council’s Facebook page.

Upcoming planned burns

Date: Saturday 11 September 2021 - weather dependent, Sunshine Coast Council will be conducting a hazard reduction burn. 

Time: 9 am to 7 pm, approximately.

Location: Lower Mooloolah River Environment Reserve, Claymore Road, Palmview - see location map.

Details: As a component of the Sunshine Coast Council fire management program, a section of Lower Mooloolah River Environment Reserve has been identified as requiring a prescribed burn. 

The aim of this burn is to reduce the volume of forest fuels and to improve kangaroo habitat area. The burn will be conducted by council under a permit to light fire issued to council by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

Burn area: 38 hectares.

Park closure: Lower Mooloolah River Environment Reserve will be closed during burn operations and for at least a day following the burn. For safety, please comply with signage.

Smoke: Smoke from the fire will be closely monitored and is not expected to significantly affect surrounding businesses, residents or road ways. Smoke will be noticed in immediate areas surrounding Lower Mooloolah River Environment Reserve including the following roads:

  • Peter Crosby Way
  • Claymore Road
  • Red Cedar Street
  • Wisteria Crescent
  • University Way
  • Laxton Road
  • Kawana Way
  • Corbould Way
  • Rainforest Drive
  • Woodlands Boulevard
  • Honey Farm Road
  • Caloundra Road
  • Smoke plumes may be noticed from further afield.

As a precaution, signage will be in place, road users are advised to drive to suit conditions, with some potential for smoke to reduce visibility. Residents and business owners (if affected by smoke) are advised to close windows and doors, utilise air-conditioning and keep respiratory medication close at hand. Seek medical advice if you are susceptible to bushfire smoke.  

Light residual smoke may be experienced for up to one [1] day following this period.

Traffic management: Signage will be in place during the burn.

Communication: Threats to life and property call 000 (triple zero). General queries relating to the controlled burn should be directed to council’s customer service centre.

Date: TBA 2021

Locality: Alexandra Headland

Burn area (Ha): 1.9 

Map: Link to map[2490KB]

Date: Friday 27 August 2021

Locality: Little Mountain

Burn area (Ha): 4.5

Map: Link to map[3867KB]



Date: Saturday 11 September 2021

Locality: Palmview

Burn area (Ha): 38

Map: Link to map[2655KB]

Completed burns 2021

  • East Mount Mellum Nature Refuge, Mount Mellum - Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 April 2021
  • Racemosa Environment Reserve, Landsborough - Wednesday 26 May 2021
  • Lake Weyba Bushland Reserve and Noosa National Park - Friday 18 June 2021 (may be necessary to revisit this site in the future)
  • Mountain Creek Conservation Area (Nature Refuge), Mountain Creek and Mooloolah River National Park, Buderim - Wednesday 23 June 2021 
  • Tuan Environment Reserve, Kenilworth - Sunday 27 June 2021
  • Forest Oak Court Bushland Conservation Reserve - Thursday 22 July 2021
  • Town Reserve, Caloundra West - Tuesday 27 July 2021
  • Tuan Environment Reserve, Kenilworth - Monday 23 August 2021
  • Jill Chamberlain Bushland Reserve, Little Mountain - Friday 27 August 2021 

Fire management plans

Council prepares fire management plans for larger council reserves.

General queries relating to the burn please contact council.

For details about other ways council is managing our natural environment, view the Environment and Liveability Strategy.

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