Who’s re­spon­si­ble for cru­cial fire­breaks?

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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,

on a date still to be con­firmed. ■ Do you think enough is done across the re­gion to pre­pare for the bush­fire sea­son? Let us know and send a let­ter to the ed­i­tor by email to bran­don.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

FIRE­BREAKS ARE CRU­CIAL: Well main­tained fire­breaks could save lives and prop­er­ties.

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