Fire bans lifted across the state
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.”
MASSIVE EFFORT: Water bombers preparing for take-off at Gayndah Airport for the Kalpower fires last week.