A recent run of wildfires right across the State has prompted Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford to remind Queenslanders to be on alert and ensure they have prepared their properties.
Mr Crawford says the state is in the grip of a brutal bushfire season and several recent blazes had shown fires can start anywhere, at any time.
“Dangerous fire weather conditions took hold in the south-east and south-west corners of the state over the weekend and moved north to central and western Queensland, with the fire danger reaching ‘very high’ in many areas.”
“Over the weekend we saw bushfires threaten properties at Tallegalla, Mutdapilly, Ballandean and Linville, scorching hundreds of hectares. It was testament to the great work of fire crews that they were able to gain the upper hand at these fires and prevent them spreading.”
The minister says that while conditions have eased in the past 24 hours, we must expect the fire dangers rise again in the coming days and expect them to reach heightened levels.
Mr Crawford said Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) staff and volunteers had been working hard to “ensure communities are protected against the impacts of wild fires”.
“But I want to remind people of the role they can play in bushfire mitigation.”
“By taking action now to reduce fuel loads, residents can minimise the risk to their homes, neighbours and communities. It’s safeguards such as putting in fire breaks, mowing lawns and removing clippings, wood piles or green waste from yards that can protect homes and save lives when fires strike.”
“And households should also have a Bushfire Survival Plan, so they know how to prepare and what action to take if threatened by a bushfire,” he said.