What a lifted fire ban means

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL -

THE com­mu­nity is urged to re­main vig­i­lant even af­ter the “long­est ever fire ban” was lifted for the South Bur­nett, North Bur­nett and Cher­bourg re­gions last Mon­day.

This is ac­cord­ing to Taromeo Ru­ral Fire Brigade Crew Leader Dean Hunter.

“It was the long­est lo­cal fire ban ever in place,” he said.

The 2019/20 fire sea­son was deemed a na­tional bush­fire cri­sis as more than 10 mil­lion hectares of bush, for­est and parks across Aus­tralia was burned.

The fire ban, last­ing for four months over the bush­fire sea­son in the Bur­nett, was can­celled on Jan­uary 20, af­ter wide­spread rain rang­ing from 75-150mm fell in the re­gion.

“It’s a bit of a re­prieve for the fire­fight­ers,” Mr Hunter said.

Over the sea­son the Taromeo crew have helped out in the South Bur­nett re­gion, as well as fires in places near the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett’s Mun­dub­bera and Mt Perry.

Mr Hunter said he en­joyed the ca­ma­raderie within the brigade.

“It’s very re­ward­ing to be a vol­un­teer,” he said.

With mem­bers com­ing from var­i­ous back­grounds such as tradies, panel beat­ers and con­sul­tants, each brings their own life ex­pe­ri­ence to the brigade.

Pic­ture: Jes­sica McGrath

HARD WORK: Taromeo Ru­ral Fire Brigade mem­bers Ge­off Jacobson, first of­fi­cer Alan Liv­ing­stone, crew leader Dean Hunter and Ken Ran­dal be­lieve the re­cently lifted fire ban was the long­est fire ban that had ever been is­sued for the re­gion.

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