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Planned burns

As a landholder and statutory authority, Seqwater has a responsibility to address fire management in our catchments.

Planned burns help reduce fuel loads, such as grasses and dense undergrowth, and the risks of bushfires in our catchments. 

Most of Seqwater’s planned burns take place between March and September, outside of bushfire season. There may be some burn activity outside of this period, weather permitting.

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Seqwater prioritises our burn program each year to ensure those areas with the most fire risk are a focus. Suitable sites are identified using criteria which includes time since last burnt, amount of vegetation growth and surrounding neighbourhoods. 

Seqwater works with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and other key agencies to plan each burn. We conduct each burn in accordance with a QFES burn permit, which outlines the ideal temperature, wind speed and direction, and humidity conditions to conduct the burn.

When burns will be held

Most of Seqwater’s planned burns take place between March and September. There may be some burn activity outside of this period, weather permitting.

Specific dates for burns can't be given, but neighbours adjoining the burn areas will be notified by letterbox drop. Notifications are also posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages on the day of a burn.

While every effort is made to conduct a burn program each year and planning is undertaken, all burns can be cancelled up to and including the day of the burn if the weather is unsuitable.

Important information

During a planned burn smoke may drift and can stay around for up to one week after the burn, subject to weather conditions. 

If you have a respiratory health conditions, please follow the advice of your health practitioner and, if applicable, carry reliever medication with you at all times during the burn period. 

During the burn, in case of emergency, please call 000.

Read more about Seqwater's fire management program.

Schedule for 2020

Northern region

North Pine Dam:

  • Aitcheson Road - 
  • Pinedale Road - 

Lake Kurwongbah:

  • Pine Rivers Rowing Club - COMPLETED

Central region

Lake Dyer:

  • Bill Gunn Swimming area - COMPLETED
  • Lake Dyer banks - COMPLETED

Somerset Dam:

  • Somerset Dam Water Treatment Plant

Mt Crosby:

  • Cameron Hill West - COMPLETED

Southern region

Leslie Harrison Dam:

  • South of Broadwater Road / Broadwater South - COMPLETED

Hinze Dam:

  • Quarry East - COMPLETED
  • Western Boat Ramp - COMPLETED
  • Mudgeraba Water Treatment Plant - COMPLETED

Wyaralong Dam:

  • Drews, Undullah 
  • Worley, Beaudesert Boonah Road
  • Smith House, Undullah

Moogerah Dam:

  • Edwards Street, near Moogerah Dam Water Treatment Plant

Smoke alerts and updates

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POSTPONED: Planned burn scheduled at North Pine Dam

Seqwater has postponed the planned burn at Mount Samson due to unfavourable weather conditions.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

There are no impacts to recreation but traffic management controls will be in place for the duration of the burn.

If you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn in Burbank area at Leslie Harrison Dam

Seqwater has scheduled a planned burn in the Burbank area at Leslie Harrison Dam on Thursday 17 September 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

If you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn at Somerset Dam WTP

Seqwater has scheduled a planned burn near the Somerset Dam Water Treatment Plant on Thursday 17 September 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

Traffic control will be in place for the duration of the burn. If you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn at Borumba Dam

Seqwater has scheduled a planned burn at Borumba Dam below the spillway on Thursday 17 September 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

If you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

Seqwater fire crews undertaking a planned burn

40-hectare planned burn scheduled for Sunshine Coast area

A large planned burn, covering about 40 hectares across the Sunshine Coast hinterland is being carried out to reduce fuel loads and bushfire risk to local properties and catchment water supply.

The planned burn, which will take place on Seqwater-managed land across Mooloolah and Landsborough areas which will be led by Seqwater, in collaboration with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, rural fire brigades and  the community .

Seqwater Chief Operating Officer, Stuart Cassie, said the burn had been carefully planned to occur in late winter to take advantage of favourable conditions and weather forecasts.

“We are targeting land around the Ewen Maddock Dam area to protect life, property, the environment and water supply catchments which are vital to our drinking water supply.

“We are planning to start the burn on Friday, 4 September and expect it to continue for the weekend, depending on weather conditions.”

Mr Cassie said in line with Seqwater’s Hazard Reduction Burn Program, more than 20 planned burns of various sizes and locations had been completed across South East Queensland since mid-April.
 
At least seven of the burns carried out had been 'high priority burns' based on risk.
 
“As a large landholder in South East Queensland, Seqwater has been doing its part to mitigate bushfire risk to Seqwater-owned land and neighbouring properties,” Mr Cassie said.

“Planned burns help reduce fuel loads, such as grasses and dense undergrowth, and reduces the risks of bushfires.

“As well as bushfire mitigation, planned burns encourage natural regeneration of native vegetation and reduce water quality risks from the potential impacts of high intensity bushfires,”

“Most recently we successfully completed a large-scale 500-hectare burn, which spanned across the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim regions.”

In some parts of the burn area, there may be some residual smoke once the burn has been completed. However, Seqwater crews will continue to keep a close eye on the burn area.

Local residents with respiratory health conditions should always follow the advice of their health practitioner and if applicable, carry reliever medication at all times during the burn period.

Seqwater will notify neighbours and motorists in the area of potential smoke impacts with increased signage and notifications before ignition.

All planned burns are conducted in accordance with a QFES burn permit, which outlines the ideal temperature, wind speed direction and humidity conditions to conduct the burn.

For more information on the Ewen Maddock Burn, visit: www.seqwater.com.au/news/multi-agency-planned-burn-ewen-maddock-dam

Communities which can expect some smoke impacts:

  • Landsborough
  • Mooloolah
     
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Seqwater fire officer undertaking a planned burn
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Multi agency planned burn at Ewen Maddock Dam

A multi-agency planned burn has been scheduled along Tunnel Ridge Road and Ford Road at Ewen Maddock Dam from 10am on Friday 4 September 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

This hazard reduction burn will be conducted by Seqwater, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and other local authorities.

The planned burn will take three days to complete and will produce a considerable amount of smoke that will drift and be visible in surrounding areas. Residual smoke is expected to stay around for up to five days after the burn is complete.

The Black Loop section and Kowald Trail Head tracks will be closed from Friday 4 September and into the weekend, while the burn is in progress.

Traffic management control will also be in place along Tunnel Ridge and Ford's Road for the duration of the burn. Please expect traffic delays if travelling along these roads and follow the direction of traffic management controllers.

If you are visiting the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

Seqwater Fire Officers undertake a planned burn

Large-scale planned burn for Gold Coast and Scenic Rim area

Preparations for a large-scale planned burn in the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim hinterland are being made in an effort to reduce fuel loads across more than 500 hectares of land.

The planned burn, which will take place on Seqwater-managed land within the Beechmont area, will be led by Seqwater, in coordination with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, rural fire brigades and other agencies.

Seqwater Chief Operating Officer, Stuart Cassie, said the burn had been carefully planned to occur in late winter to take advantage of favourable conditions and weather forecasts.

“This will be one of the longest and largest planned burns to be carried out in South East Queensland this year, spanning across more than 500 hectares of land for a few days,” Mr Cassie said.

“We are planning to start the burn on Thursday 27th of August depending on weather conditions.

“It will be delivered in a multi-staged approach, with a sequence of scheduled ignition events; including ground and aerial ignitions, combined with monitoring and patrol work across private and public land.”

Mr Cassie said as a large landholder in South East Queensland, Seqwater had a duty to manage biodiversity and mitigate bushfire risk to Seqwater-owned land and neighbouring properties. 

“Planned burns help reduce fuel loads, such as grasses and dense undergrowth, and reduces the risks of bushfires,” Mr Cassie said

“As well as wildfire mitigation, planned burns encourage natural regeneration of native vegetation and reduce water quality risks from the potential impacts of high intensity wildfires,”

In some parts of the burn area, there may be some residual smoke once the burn has been completed. However, Seqwater crews will continue to keep a close eye on the burn area.

Local residents with respiratory health conditions should always follow the advice of their health practitioner and, if applicable, carry reliever medication at all times during the burn period.

Seqwater will notify neighbours and motorists in the area of potential smoke impacts with increased signage and notifications before ignition.

All planned burns are conducted in accordance with a QFES burn permit, which outlines the ideal temperature, wind speed and direction, and humidity conditions to conduct the burn.

For more information on this burn or to access a map of the planned burn area, please see https://www.seqwater.com.au/project/planned-burns

Communities which can expect some smoke impacts:

  • Beechmont
  • Advancetown
  • Numinbah
  • Nerang
  • Canungra
  • Lower Beechmont
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RESCHEDULED: Planned burn within Beechmont area, Hinze Dam

RESCHEDULED: The planned burn in the Beechmont area has been rescheduled to Thursday 27 August 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays

This approximate 500ha burn will take up to seven days to conduct and will be led by Seqwater in coordination with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and other land agencies.

We expect the burn to produce significant amounts of smoke that will drift into surrounding areas including:

  • Advancetown
  • Beechmont
  • Numinbah
  • Nerang
  • Canungra
  • Lower Beechmont.

The burn will progress in three stages which will include ground and aerial ignitions combined with monitoring and patrol work across private and public land. 

If you live in the area, or are visiting or travelling through, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and traffic control signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn at Leslie Harrison Dam

Seqwater has scheduled a planned burn in the Burbank area of Leslie Harrison Dam catchment from 12pm on Tuesday 18 August 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

If you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn re-scheduled at Coulson area, Lake Wyaralong

The planned burn in the Coulson area at Lake Wyaralong has been rescheduled to take place on Thursday 13 August 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

The planned burn is expected to one day to complete and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas, including the Mununjali Trail network.

While the trail network will remain open, visitors must play it safe, remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn scheduled in Neranwood area at Hinze Dam

Seqwater is conducting a planned burn near the Nerandwood area at Hinze Dam on Wednesday 5 August 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

As a result, the Seqwater Horse Trails in the Neranwood area will be closed for the duration of Burn as well as the trails from the Little Nerang Road and Wattle Hill access on Mudgeeraba Springbrook Road until further notice.

The planned burn is expected to take two days to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

If you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn scheduled at Lake Kurwongbah

Seqwater and Moreton Bay Regional Council will be conducting a planned burn along Dayboro Road, near the Sideling Creek Dam spillway, on Tuesday 21 July 2020 subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

The planned burn is expected to take up to three days to complete and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas and stay around for up to five days after the burn.

There are no impacts to recreation. However, if you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn scheduled at Enoggera Dam

Seqwater and National Parks will be conducting a planned burn near Walkabout Creek at Enoggera Dam on Tuesday 7 July 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

A number of recreation trails will be temporarily closed while the planned burn is in progress.

Check the recreation and safety notice for more information about the trail closures.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

If you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn scheduled at Moogerah Dam

Seqwater is conducting a planned burn at Moogerah Dam at 10 am on Monday 6 July 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

Access across Moogerah Dam wall to QPWS walking trails will be closed on Monday and the Reynold's Creek recreation area will be closed until Thursday 9 July.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

Check the recreation and safety notice for more information.

If you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn scheduled at Leslie Harrison Dam

Seqwater has scheduled a planned burn near the Chandler Inlet at Leslie Harrison Dam from 10 am on Thursday 2 July 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

If you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn scheduled at Mount Crosby

Seqwater has scheduled a planned burnin the Mt Crosby area near East Bank Water Treatment Plant from 9am on Thursday 25 June 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

If you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn scheduled at Lake Wyaralong

Seqwater has scheduled a planned burn in the Wyaralong Catchment area from 10am on Thursday 25 June 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

The Ridgeline Trail will be temporarily closed for the duration of this burn. However, all other trails will remain open.

If you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn scheduled at Lake Macdonald

Seqwater has scheduled a planned burn near the Water Treatment Plant at Lake Macdonald from 9am on Tuesday 23 June 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke for a short period of time.

There are no impacts to recreation but smoke may drift into surrounding areas.

If you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and traffic control signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn scheduled at North Pine Dam

Seqwater is conducting a planned burn near Pinedale Road at North Pine Dam from 11am on Monday 8 June 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

If you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and traffic control signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn at Leslie Harrison Dam

Seqwater is conducting a planned burn at Leslie Harrison Dam from about 10am on Saturday 6 June 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays. 

Seqwater is conducting a planned burn at Leslie Harrison Dam from about 10am on Saturday 6 June 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays. 

The planned burn will reduce fuel hazard levels to help mitigate the risk of wildfires and manage biodiversity.

We apologise for the short notice, however we are trying to take advantage of favourable conditions to complete as much of our planned burns program as possible before unfavourable conditions return.

It is expected to take one day to complete and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke however forecast winds should limit smoke impact on Mount Cotton Road and push smoke towards the lake.

If you are visiting the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and traffic control signage on-site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, follow the advice of your health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

Map of the planned burn at Leslie Harrison
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Planned burn scheduled at Hinze Dam

Seqwater has scheduled a planned burn near Nerang-Murwillumbah Road at Hinze Dam from 11am on Thursday 28 May 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

The Western Boat Ramp will be closed as a result of the planned burn, and will remain closed over the weekend.

If you are visiting (or travelling through) the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and traffic control signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

Map of Sideling Creek planned burn May 2020

Planned burn scheduled at Lake Kurwongbah

Seqwater has scheduled a planned burn at Lake Kurwongbah near the Pine Rivers Rowing Club from 9.30am on Tuesday 26 May 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

While there are no impacts to recreation, if you are visiting the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and traffic control signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

Mudgeeraba WTP planned burn map 2020

Planned burn near Mudgeeraba WTP rescheduled

The planned burn near the Mudgeeraba WTP has been rescheduled for Thursday 7 May 2020.

It is expected to take one day to complete and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke for short periods due to small size of burn area.

We are working with QFES, Gold Coast City Council, local wildlife groups and have alerted local residents. 

If you are visiting the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and traffic control signage on-site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, follow the advice of your health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

Lake Dyer burn map for 2020

Planned burn scheduled at Lake Dyer

Seqwater has scheduled a planned burn at Lake Dyer from 9am on Tuesday 5 May 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

The planned burn is expected to take one day to complete, and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

Residents local to Lake Dyer have been informed. If you are visiting the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and traffic control signage on site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, please follow the advice of our health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn scheduled near Hinze Dam's Quarry East

Seqwater has scheduled a planned burn at Hinze Dam's Quarry East on Friday 24 April 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforseen delays.

This scheduled planned burn is expected to take one day to complete and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke that may drift into surrounding areas.

We are working with QFES, Gold Coast City Council, local wildlife groups and have alerted local residents. 

If you are visiting the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and traffic control signage on-site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, follow the advice of your health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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Planned burn scheduled at Hinze Dam

Seqwater is conducting a planned burn at Hinze Dam in the Advancetown Lake area from about 10am on Thursday 16 April 2020, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays. 

The planned burn will reduce fuel hazard levels to help mitigate the risk of wildfires and manage biodiversity.

It is expected to take one day to complete and is likely to produce reasonable amounts of smoke for short periods. We are working with QFES, Gold Coast City Council, local wildlife groups and have alerted local residents. 

If you are visiting the area, please remain vigilant and follow the directions of staff and traffic control signage on-site.

If you have a respiratory health condition, follow the advice of your health practitioner and in case of an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).