Bushfire management
  • Last updated:
  • 05 Jan 2023

Council's bushfire management program targets fire adapted forest within the 7,700 hectares of council managed environment reserves.

Community safety

We are committed to the safety of the Sunshine Coast community, in relation to fire and smoke:

  • report 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 smoke can reduce visibility
  • further health information can be found on the Queensland Government website.

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

Within council environment reserves, we undertake activities to reduce the risk of bushfires including:

  • making and maintaining fire trails and fire breaks
  • planning, assessing and managing bushfire risk
  • planned burns to reduce fuel loads and maintain ecosystems
  • mapping planned and unplanned fires, and
  • participating in regional fire management planning and supporting the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services as required in wildfire events.

Annual planned burn program (2022)

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

An exact day for a planned burn cannot be provided in advance. Burning is highly dependent on suitable weather and site conditions. These conditions include temperature, soil moisture humidity, wind-speed and wind direction. When a fire can’t go ahead, it will be reassessed against emerging priorities and may be rescheduled.

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

Using the planned burn area map

Click a placeholder on the below map to show the name of the reserve in that location. Zoom into the map until a shaded red area is visible around the reserve. Click this shaded area to view details of the reserve location and type of burn planned, e.g. hazard reduction. For quick reference, select the arrow in the top left of the below header bar to toggle a full list of council's 2022 planned burns and hover over the locality or reserve name you are interested in.


You may also like to select the 'view larger map' symbol to experience a bigger map in a separate browser. 


Planned burn notification

Details of planned burns will be entered here as they occur.

Completed burns 2022

  • 77 Queen Street, Caloundra - Friday 14 January 2022
  • Ben Bennett Bushland Park, Caloundra - Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 April 2022
  • Tall Gums Environment Reserve, Tanawha - Thursday 21 April 2022
  • Mountain Creek Conservation Area, Mountain Creek - Thursday 16 June 2022
  • Edward Corbould Environment Reserve East, Corbould Park - Friday 29 July 2022
  • Tuan Environment Reserve, Kenilworth - Friday 29 July 2022
  • Ridges Boulevard Environment Reserve, Peregian Springs - 11 August 2022
  • Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha - 24 August 2022
  • Jill Chamberlain Bushland Reserve, Little Mountain - 14 September 2022

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
  • 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 
  • Lower Mooloolah Environment Reserve, Palmview - Saturday 11 September 2021

Fire management plans

Council prepares fire management plans for larger council reserves. New plans are now in digital format and are not provided here at this stage.

Some information on council's planned burn program can be viewed in the below video. 

For general queries relating to council's fire management program please contact council.

Please note that fire trail and fire break mowing may be delayed by rain events and will occur when site conditions improve or during the next scheduled maintenance period.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is the primary provider of fire and rescue, emergency management and disaster mitigation programs and services throughout Queensland. For useful information and services including permits to burn, community safety and preparation please visit their website.

For details about other ways council is managing our natural environment view our Environment page.