Act now on bushfire mitigation
WITH recent fire restrictions now lifted, southwest landholders are being urged to start hazard reduction activities.
Rural Fire Service acting regional manager Tim Chittenden said hazard reduction activities were important for bushfire preparation.
“Residents should rake up and remove leaves, clear gutters, trim low-lying branches and mow their grass regularly.
“They should also put in fire breaks and move flammable items away from the house, such as woodpiles, paper, boxes and crates.”
Mr Chittenden said landholders who wished to burn on their properties would need to apply for a permit.
“If burning in an area greater than two metres in any direction, residents should obtain a permit through their local fire warden.
“The Permit to Light a Fire system ensures burns are conducted at an appropriate time, are suitably managed and emergency services are notified. Tough penalties apply for people who light fires without a permit.”
For more information on bushfire mitigation and techniques visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.