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Far Northern fire ban extended

THE fire ban for Far North Queensland has been further extended as bushfires rage across the region.

The new local fire ban will be in place until next Monday 6 November 2023 and affect residents in the Aurukun, Cairns, Cook, Douglas, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mapoon, Napranum, Northern Peninsula Area, Pormpuraaw, Torres, Torres Strait, Weipa, Wujal Wujal, Yarrabah, Cassowary Coast, Mareeba, Tablelands, Croydon and Etheridge Local Government Areas.

Current fire conditions are perfect for bushfires to ignite and spread quickly.

Under a local fire ban all open fires are prohibited and all Permits to Light Fire which have been issued in the designated areas have been cancelled.

Power tools may be used during a local fire ban however QFES encourages people to use these with extreme care and ensure adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire which may start.

This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur.

Information on fire bans and the exemptions that can apply can be found on the QFES website.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Weipa man charged with child sex offences and Region’s best in tourism honoured.

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