Early start to fire sea­son in big dry

Lo­cals urged to re­main vig­i­lant as fire sea­son be­gins

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS | WELCOME - Marissa New­man marissa.new­man@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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