If you've got a pile of leaves you were thinking of burning in the backyard, it can't happen this week. 
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has imposed a local fire ban for North Queensland residents today. 

The local fire ban will be in place from 0001hrs Tuesday, 27 November, for residents in the Boulia, Burdekin, Burke, Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Diamantina, Doomadgee, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, McKinlay, Mornington Island, Mt Isa, Palm Island, Richmond and Townsville Local Government areas.

This ban is expected to remain in place until 2359hrs, Friday 30 November 2018.
Information on fire bans and the exemptions that can apply can be found on the RFS website, www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/
Another important note is that if you see someone flicking a cigarette butt out of a car window, you can report that, find out how here
Throwing lit cigarette butts from vehicles is dangerous and can start bush and grass fires, and place lives at risk. 

There are heavy penalties for people caught throwing lit cigarette butts from vehicles, especially during the times of increased fire danger.