Queensland families are being urged to be ‘campfire safe’ when visiting the state’s national parks this summer.
National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said access to National Parks was easier than ever and he expected thousands of people to book a camping escape over the holiday period.
“Camping can be a very fun, affordable get-away for the whole family,” Mr Dickson said.
“But summer temperatures can bring fire dangers, especially if the weather is dry, so campers need to follow a few simple rules to ensure they remain campfire safe.
“Campfires should never be left unattended, and should be small and well-contained, with tents and other camping gear at least 3m away.
“Remember, campfires must always be extinguished with water, as fires extinguished with sand can retain heat up to 100C for eight hours after the flames are visible, risking serious injury to anyone who might walk on it.”
Minister Dickson said it was vital to be aware of your environment before lighting a fire.
“In summer it’s not unusual for areas to have total fire bans, so make sure you know whether fires are allowed,” Mr Dickson said.
“Some national parks prohibit campfires at all times, some require portable stoves, while others provide for open fires or fire places – so make sure you know what’s required.
“The Newman LNP Government has a strong plan to allow more people to enjoy our parks, and create new tourism opportunities, and we want everyone to have a safe stay.”
Mr Dickson said detailed information on campfire safety in national parks, including information on which parks and forests allowed campfires, was available at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/experiences/camping/camp-fires.html.