The Queensland Fire Service is investigating several unauthorised burns in the Mackay region.

Mackay area director, Lawrence Laing, says there have been fires lit without permits, or breaching permit conditions, in the area.

He says it's a risky time with dry conditions.

"We had a storm come through and people were trying to get in before the rains to reduce the fuel in the area and get a nice green pick for their cattle."

Old-mindsets are one reason behind risky behaviour, according to Mr Laing.

"It puts more pressure on the resources that we do have, it puts pressures on local farmers and communities and you just don't need it."

"There's enough issues today without having to fight wild fire in your neighbour's paddock."

It's not only unauthorised burns that are the issue as he also says a couple of authorised burns have got out of control.

"Predominately it's people not adhering to the conditions on the permit."

"Things like we tell them 'you can't light the fire until 5pm' and they light it at 1pm."

He says permit holders can be liable when the conditions are breached.

"There are quite a few to investigate so it will take a couple of weeks to get through that process."

 

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