Fire bans lifted across the state

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

FIRE bans have been lifted across the re­gion, as tin­der­box con­di­tions gave way to more favourable weather.

Fire bans re­mained in place un­til mid­night Wed­nes­day in the North and South Bur­nett coun­cil ar­eas, as well as the Cher­bourg Abo­rig­i­nal Shire.

Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Gary McCor­mack said QFES was thank­ful for the sup­port from the pub­lic.

“In the past week fire bans have been im­posed in more than 40 lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas and cur­rently 36 bans re­main in place,” he said.

De­ci­sions to lift the bans were not made lightly and it was es­sen­tial res­i­dents re­mained ex­tra vig­i­lant.

“Per­mits that were can­celled when bans were put in place, will not au­to­mat­i­cally be re-in­stated,” Mr McCor­mack said.

“It is es­sen­tial to check with lo­cal fire war­dens on a case-by-case ba­sis, un­til more favourable con­di­tions re­turn.”

It is im­por­tant for res­i­dents and busi­nesses to un­der­stand the dan­ger­ous fire con­di­tions still re­mained in parts of the state, and those us­ing power tools or ma­chin­ery needed to be cau­tious.

“Even the small­est spark from weld­ing, grind­ing or slash­ing is enough to start a fire,” he said.

Those light­ing smaller fires not re­quir­ing a per­mit, such as a camp­fire, need to make sure there is clear space around the fire and plenty of wa­ter im­me­di­ately avail­able.

“Whether you live on the ur­ban fringe, or in a re­gional or ru­ral area, please en­sure you take steps to pro­tect your­self.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

MAS­SIVE EF­FORT: Wa­ter bombers pre­par­ing for take-off at Gayn­dah Air­port for the Kalpower fires last week.

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