Warn­ing to be bush­fire aware

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

ON­GO­ING dry, windy con­di­tions, have kept lo­cal emer­gency ser­vices busy at­tend­ing to bush­fires.

A fire broke out north of Proser­pine in the area of Blairs Road at 1.30pm last Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 23.

Of­fi­cer in Charge of the Proser­pine Po­lice Sta­tion Sergeant Nathan Blain said due to the con­di­tions this par­tic­u­lar fire did pose a threat to homes but was brought un­der con­trol with­out the loss of any prop­erty.

On Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 25, emer­gency ser­vices at­tended another fire along Telford Road, Strathdickie.

Once again, the fire was brought un­der con­trol be­fore any prop­er­ties were dam- aged, how­ever th­ese in­ci­dents have prompted Sgt Nathan Blain to re­mind peo­ple to have a Bush­fire Sur­vival Plan.

“The plan should in­clude a bush­fire sur­vival kit and op­tions as to stay­ing to de­fend or leav­ing your prop­erty early dur­ing a fire,” he said.

Sgt Blain also warned, “you don’t need to live in the bush to be threat­ened by bush­fire as burn­ing ma­te­rial, em­bers and smoke can travel beyond bush­land ar­eas”.

In­for­ma­tion on plan­ning for bush­fires can be found at www.qld.gov.au/emer­gency/safety/bush­fire-sur­vival-plan or via the Whit­sun­day Re­gion Emer­gency Ac­tion Guide.

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