Breached con­di­tions con­cern­ing

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Ali Kuchel [email protected]­ton­

TWO peo­ple who breached lo­cal fire bans last week will re­ceive “ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tions” from au­thor­i­ties.

QFES Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice West More­ton area di­rec­tor act­ing in­spec­tor Paul Storrs said he was con­cerned by the ac­tions not only placed on the land­holder but the rest of the com­mu­nity.

“At times like this, com­mu­ni­ties need to work to­gether to en­sure their own safety,” he said.

Dur­ing the past week Mr Storrs said com­mu­nity mem­bers had been ex­tremely vig­i­lant, phon­ing 000 when they spot­ted smoke.

On Satur­day. crews at­tended a fire at Ma Ma Creek af­ter a haz­ard re­duc­tion burn got out of con­trol. A to­tal of 14 crews at­tended the fire across the week­end, which burnt about 100 acres.

Crews con­tin­ued to “mop up” the blaze un­til about 10pm on Sun­day. “It high­lights the need for every­body to be check­ing the weather be­fore they light their fires as the weather can change,” Mr Storrs said.

Not only have ded­i­cated vol­un­teers as­sisted with lo­cal fires, they have also helped in sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Mr Storrs said al­most every Lock­yer Val­ley ru­ral fire brigade had pro­vided sup­port to the Un­dul­lah fire south of Ip­swich.

He urged land­hold­ers to re­view their bush­fire plans.

“As much as our tra­di­tional fire sea­son has passed, po­ten­tial storms could cre­ate fires from dry light­ning,” he said.

“My con­cerns are that all of our land­hold­ers need to have re­viewed their bush­fire sur­vival plans and know ex­actly what they are go­ing to do.

“Bush­fires hap­pen but we do live in Aus­tralia, which is a bush­fire-prone coun­try.”

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