Bushfire management
  • Last updated:
  • 23 Apr 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

Planned burns will take place across the region between July 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 here or on council’s Facebook page.

Proposed Burn

Reserve Locality Burn area (Ha) Map
2021 Racemosa Environment Reserve  Landsborough 10 Link to map[439KB]
Tues 27 - Wed 28 April 2021 
East Mount Mellum Nature Refuge Mount Mellum 10 Link to map[476KB]
2021 Lower Mooloolah River Environment Reserve Palmview 39 Link to map

Mountain Creek Conservation Area and
Mooloolah River National Park (Multi-agency burn)

Mountain Creek

62 (SCC) +
157 (QPWS)

Link to map[2222KB]
2021 Jill Chamberlain Bushland Reserve Little Mountain 4 Link to map
2021 Town Reserve Caloundra West 7 Link to map
2021 Alex Forest Conservation Area Alexandra Headland 1.9 Link to map
 2021 Lake Weyba Bushland Reserve Network and Noosa National Park Peregian Beach

20 (SCC) +
100 (QPWS / private land)

Link to map

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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