Burn-offs resume after rainy interval
THE Rural Fire Service is pressing ahead with bushfire mitigation activities in the North Burnett following a recent cold snap and wet weather.
RFS north coast regional manager Peter Hollier said residents might notice smoke in the air in coming weeks as brigades and landholders conduct hazard reduction burns after a brief rain-induced lull in June.
The activities are part of Operation Cool Burn, a multi-agency approach to reducing fire threats.
“The RFS has been working proactively with landholders on the Sunshine Coast and in the Wide Bay Burnett regions since April, with more than 180 hazard reduction burns taking place during that time,” Mr Hollier said.
“Recent rainfall and cooler temperatures in the region pushed back some burns, particularly in areas that experienced moderate to high levels of rain.
“Weather permitting, these burns are scheduled to take place between now and September.”
Mr Hollier said more than 30 localities stretching from the Sunshine Coast to Bundaberg – including Noosa, the Fraser Coast and the Burnett – had been identified as priority areas for mitigation activities.
“These areas may pose potential fire hazards during bushfire season, so the RFS has been working with landholders and government agencies to target these hotspots.”
The burns will coincide with a suite of community education initiatives to equip residents with the information they need to prepare themselves and their properties ahead of bushfire season.
“Hazard reduction burns are one component of Operation Cool Burn,” Mr Hollier said.
“The RFS has visited a number of communities since April to discuss steps people can take to prepare for bushfire season.”