Who’s responsible for crucial firebreaks?
PROPERLY maintained firebreaks are vital during the bush fire season.
But it is too late to be backburning now.
That was the message as North Burnett Regional Council prepared a report into firebreaks, to ensure residents were as safe as possible.
The report investigates the placement of firebreaks in the region, who is responsible for their upkeep, areas where brigades are located and Rural Fire Brigade boundaries between small townships.
Acting area director of Bundaberg’s Rural Fire Service Craig Magick said firebreaks were essential to the region’s safety.
Mr Magick said most people already had firebreaks on their properties but it was vital they were maintained.
“We do encourage residents to prepare their property in the event of a fire, be it a firebreak or back burning,” Mr Magick said.
“A strategic firebreak is usually a gravel or graded road on a property.”
The Rural Fire Service worked with the council to identify areas in need of firebreaks and to mitigate risks.
While it is essential to prepare and maintain firebreaks on properties, Mr Magick warned against back burning in the near future.
“It’s too late to be burning at this stage in the season,” he said.
The North Burnett Regional Council’s report will be presented at a future council meeting,
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