‘Tosser’ starts grass fire on Is­land Point Road

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

DON’T be a tosser ... of cig­a­rette butts out of your car win­dow. In the early hours of Fri­day, a small grass fire started from the edge of Is­land Point Road in Port Dou­glas and Queens­land Fire be­lieve the cause is likely from a cig­a­rette butt be­ing thrown out of a car win­dow. Port Dou­glas po­lice were pa­trolling when they no­ticed the grass fire, which had started from the edge of the road and started putting out the fire un­til the Port Dou­glas fire bri­gade at­tended and ex­tin­guished the blaze. Aux­il­iary Cap­tain Louie Leone said this is a timely re­minder that com­ing into the drier months, peo­ple need to be cau­tious about high risk ar­eas.

‘‘Be­cause of the slope of Flagstaff Hill Is­land Point it makes it a very high risk area,’’ he said. ‘‘Ev­ery large fire starts from a small fire.’’ Not only can peo­ple get fined for lit­ter­ing if caught throw­ing their cig­a­rette butts out of the win­dow but if it starts a fire, peo­ple can also be charged with neg­li­gence.

For tips on re­duc­ing fire haz­ards go to www.ru­ral­fire.qld.gov.au

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