Early start to fire season in big dry
Locals urged to remain vigilant as fire season begins
FIREFIGHTERS are preparing for a long fire season due to the dry conditions.
Local residents are urged to be vigilant and have a bushfire survival plan in place.
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said conditions last weekend were a clear sign the fire season was about four to six weeks ahead of schedule.
“We have more fuel on the ground than we’ve seen in a long time and soil moisture is extremely low with no immediate rain forecast,” Mr Crawford said.
“We are talking about conditions very different to what we would normally experience at this time of year – conditions we haven’t seen for some time, and conditions conducive to the rapid spread of fire.”
Mr Crawford said the combination of prolonged dry conditions and high fuel loads meant the state was at risk of a long, active bushfire season.
“It’s very dry out there and we need the public to be vigilant, ready to act and monitor the situation,” Mr Crawford said.
He stressed the need for all residents to finalise their bushfire survival plans, including having a contingency plan in place for pets and livestock should fire threaten.
Mr Crawford urged people to report any sign of fire to 000 immediately.
Survival and safety tips can be found on the Rural Fire Service website: ruralfire.qld.gov.au.