Don’t take the risk this season
Taking steps to reduce the risk of bushfire this season
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.
BUSHFIREs: QFES ask residents to be concious of fire hazards this fire season.