Don’t take the risk this sea­son

Tak­ing steps to re­duce the risk of bush­fire this sea­son

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

QFES South­West Re­gional Manager Tony John­stone is urg­ing res­i­dents to be on alert this fire sea­son even if you think a fire has been dealt with.

“I sup­pose it’s not just farm­ers but any­one who has had a fire on their prop­erty re­cently, we ask them to patrol the area a cou­ple of days af­ter to make sure the fire is ex­tin­guished,” Mr John­stone said.

“Be­cause we’ve seen fires restart from em­bers or branches from the trees, so we want want hold­ers to be con­cious of that. Even when the bri­gades are fin­ished, go back and check the area.”

Mr John­stone said back burn­ing was a less re­al­is­tic op­tion at this time of the sea­son.

“In some parts of the re­gion haz­ard re­duc­tion burns aren’t that re­al­is­tic be­cause it’s so dry,” Mr John­stone said.

“But for those who feel they need to, contact your lo­cal fire war­den and ap­ply for a per­mit which is free of charge.

“If you get a per­mit you must abide by the per­mit rules and look to the weather in ad­vance not just on the day. There’s no use hav­ing a fire burn­ing if the wind is blow­ing at 30km/h.”

QFES does not take lightly to peo­ple not go­ing through the of­fi­cial chan­nels prior to back burn­ing.

“The de­part­ment will take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion for those per­mit hold­ers who do not call their per­mits in or fol­low their per­mit con­di­tions.”

Af­ter ob­tain­ing a per­mit the per­mit holder must call it in to 1800 020 440 to reg­is­ter it.

“That’s be­cause this time of year we get a lot of calls from peo­ple telling us about fires and it turns out it is a haz­ard re­duc­tion burn that wasn’t called in,” Mr John­stone said.

“That wastes fire war­dens time, the vol­un­teers times and our air craft re­con­nais­sance time if you don’t reg­is­ter per­mits.”

With the fire sea­son heat­ing up Mr John­stone also warns of other po­ten­tial haz­ards.

“We ask peo­ple to be vig­i­lant dur­ing the storms and to slow down near a smoke haz­ard be­cause a fire fighter might be on the side of the,” Mr John­stone said.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET

BUSH­FIREs: QFES ask res­i­dents to be con­cious of fire haz­ards this fire sea­son.

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