Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has extended a local fire ban for south eastern region residents.

The local fire ban will be extended until 11.59pm Monday, December 7, for residents in the Logan, Scenic Rim, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Gold Coast local government areas.

Heightened conditions are perfect for bushfires to ignite and spread quickly.

Under a local fire ban all open fires are prohibited (subject to exemptions) 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.

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

Fires lit for the purpose of cooking or providing warmth are allowed however must be used within a properly constructed vessel where the fire cannot escape or cause embers to drift.

Fires lit for the purpose of providing warmth are allowed between 6pm – 6am.

Information on fire bans and the exemptions that can apply can be found at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

Originally published as QFES extends local fire ban for South East region residents