Bushfire management
  • Last updated:
  • 24 Aug 2020

Council's bushfire management plans help protect and maintain ecosystems in the Sunshine Coast's 6,758 hectares of bushland reserves, and our Bushland Reserve Network Fire Management Guidelines[3759KB] 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.

Fire management plans

Council prepares fire management plans for larger council reserves.

Completed 2020 prescribed burns

  • Caloundra - Ben Bennett Bushland Park
  • Glass House Mountains - Glass House Mountains Environment Reserve (Mount Ngungun east)
  • Peachester - London Creek Environmental Reserve
  • Pelican Waters - Lamerough Creek West Environment Reserve (northern burn)
  • Pelican Waters - Lamerough Creek West Environment Reserve (southern burn)
  • Tanawha - Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden

Upcoming prescribed burns

Watch this space for details of upcoming prescribed burns.

Park closures

London Creek Environment Reserve will be closed during burn operations.


Smoke from the fire will be closely monitored and is not expected to significantly affect surrounding residents or road ways. Smoke will be noticed in immediate areas around the burn:

  • MacDonalds Road
  • Bald Knob Road
  • Mount Mellum Road
  • smoke plume may be noticed from further afield.

Light residual smoke may be experienced for up to two (2) days following this period.


Threats to life and property should be directed to Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (call 000).

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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