Hazards - Know your risks


Bushfires occur when areas of vegetation ignite and burn through reserves, national parks, private property and urban corridors. Bushfires can cuase serious property and infrastructure damage and lead to loss of life. Other impacts from bushfires include:

  • Fire embers that can spread many kilometres from the location of a large fire, causing smaller spot fires to break out. 
  • Radiant heat that can be felt more than 100m away from a large bushfire and has the potential to melt or fracture objects including parts of cars, glass windows etc.
  • Toxic fumes and heavy smoke that can impair vision and impact on air quality, creating difficulties in breathing.

What are the local risks?

Check the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Post Code Checker to find out the bushfire potential in your neighbourhood.

Generally, the fire season is through winter (dry season) and spring months however can vary depending on the condition of local bushland, long-term climate and short-term weather conditions. You do not have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfire, just close enough to be affected by burning material, embers and smoke.

Bushfires are most likely to occur when the weather is very hot and dry and can start from human activity or natural causes such as lightning strikes. Fires can move extremely fast – faster than you can run. They can also be unpredictable, changing direction.

Bushfire warnings

Everyone should be familiar with the official Bushfire Warning system. When there is a bushfire in your area, it is up to you to take notice, seek information, make decisions and act.

When warnings are given, act immediately on the instructions provided. Do not wait. Leave when advised, even if it feels safe where you are at the time. Take your household emergency kit with you. Go in the direction advised for your location.

The Australian Fire Danger Rating System is used to communicate the level of bushfire risk. The higher the rating the more dangerous the conditons are likely to be.


If lives or property are threatened, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) issues warnings at an Advice, Watch and Act or Emergency Level:

"" Advice tells you a fire has started and provides general information to keep you updated.

 There is no immediate danger, but you need to stay informed in case the situation changes.

"" Watch and Act represents a heightened level of threat and conditions are changing.

 Act now to protect yourself and your family.

"" Emergency is the highest level advising you are in danger. You need to take life-saving action immediately.

Current fire warnings can be found on the Bundaberg Disaster Dashboard and on the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) website via the red "Bushfires and Warnings" button in the top right corner.

How to prepare

Preparation is the key to survival. A Bushfire Survival Plan will help you prepare and know what action to take if threatened by a bushfire. Based on the Fire Danger Ratings, your plan should be written down and practiced regularly and consider the ages and physical capability of everyone in your household.

QFES Bushfire Safety Guide also provides more information on bushfire risk and how to prepare for bushfire.

What to do during

Due to the unpredictable nature of fast-moving fires, people are likely to be encouraged to evacuate from their homes as quickly as possible to ensure they can reach safety. If you plan to leave early, then you must leave your home well before a bushfire threatens and traveling by road becomes hazardous.

After the event

  • Pay attention to all warnings.
  • If evacuated, wait until the all-clear has been given by emergency services before leaving your safe area.
  • Check the property for damage. If unsure about the safety of the property, seek advice from local Emergency Services.  Do not take any risks.
  • Do not go sightseeing.
  • Check and offer help to neighbours, friends and family.

Contact us

Address: 190 Bourbong Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670. Australia.

Telephone: 1300 883 699