Burn-offs re­sume af­ter rainy in­ter­val

Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME - Tobi Lof­tus tobi.lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

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