Time to Prepare

Property owners are being told to prepare for what is shaping up to be a horror fire season this year.

Rural Fire Service (RFS) Acting Regional Manager Tim Chittenden says with little rainfall and cooler temperatures, crews had already seen significant bushfires in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt areas.

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“It is unseasonably dry, particularly in the Warwick and Stanthorpe areas, and we have already experienced significant bushfires in Ellangowan, Cottonvale and Dalveen.”

He says residents across the South West need to prepare their properties as unseasonably dry conditions increases bushfire risk.

“QFES is undertaking a number of bushfire mitigation initiatives and we are working with partner agencies to determine priority areas. Now is the time for residents to prepare their properties as bushfire mitigation is a community effort – if you own the fuel, you own the fire.”

Mr Chittenden says residents should remove bushfire risks on their land by clearing gutters, mowing lawns and trimming overhanging branches.

“Residents can put in fire breaks, create a fire management plan and move flammable items away from their home such as boxes, crates and woodpiles.”

“If residents wish to conduct hazard reduction burns on their land greater than two metres by two metres, they should contact their local fire warden for a Permit to Light Fire.”

“Keep your neighbours in the loop when conducting fire mitigation so they can take steps to reduce the impact on them.”

“Keeping everyone informed also reduces the likelihood of unwanted Triple Zero (000) calls, which allows QFES to allocate resources where they are needed most.”

For more information about bushfire preparedness and permits visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.