Spec­tac­u­lar sight at con­ser­va­tion burn

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

HAZ­ARD burning in the Mt Walsh Na­tional Park cre­ated a spec­tac­u­lar view for kilo­me­tres.

Queens­land Fire & Res­cue Ser­vices - Bund­aberg Ru­ral Op­er­a­tions act­ing area direc­tor Craig Magic said Queens­land Parks and Wildlife of­fi­cers car­ried out a con­ser­va­tion burn in the Biggen­den area as well as Berron near Mun­dub­bera.

“A con­ser­va­tion burn is a low in­tense burn to re­duce the fuel haz­ard and to re­tain as much of the nat­u­ral habi­tat,” he said.

“At present there is lots of fuel due to the re­cent rain.”

Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice Queens­land North Coast act­ing re­gional manager Gary McCor­mack said the burns sig­nal the start of ‘Op­er­a­tion Cool Burn’ and the bush­fire mit­i­ga­tion sea­son.

“‘Op­er­a­tion Cool Burn’ will see QFES along with part­ner stake­hold­ers the Depart­ment for En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion, Depart­ment of Na­tional Parks, Recre­ation, Sport and Rac­ing, lo­cal coun­cils and land­hold­ers un­der­take mit­i­ga­tion ac­tiv­i­ties across the State to re­duce fire risk in bush­fire-prone ar­eas,” he said.

“Ev­ery land­holder should take this op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved with ‘Op­er­a­tion Cool Burn’ by con­sid­er­ing the need to re­duce fuel loads on their land.”

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

BURNING: A con­trol fire in the Mt Walsh Na­tional Park taken from the Biggen­den airstrip.

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