Fire ban sparks re­minder for res­i­dents to be fire vig­i­lant

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS - Liana Walker [email protected]­der­post.com.au

A HEAT­WAVE across the state this week has sparked a to­tal fire ban for the Gran­ite Belt.

How­ever, Stan­thorpe Ru­ral Fire Brigade group of­fi­cer Pe­dro Curr said it was a timely re­minder for res­i­dents to be fire safe this sum­mer.

He said the com­bi­na­tion of dry grounds and hot weather were the per­fect recipe to start a fire.

“It’s mainly peo­ple not do­ing the right thing,” he said.

“It’s peo­ple on trac­tors and slash­ers who aren’t ob­serv­ing the weather con­di­tions.

“They go out with the slash­ers and hit a rock which sparks a fire.”

He said a grass fire in Glen Aplin on Mon­day af­ter­noon was started by some­one slash­ing grass.

“(Res­i­dents have) got to look at the weather and see what the con­di­tions are,” he said.

“Don’t be slash­ing grass in the mid­dle of the day when it’s re­ally hot. If they get a fire, it just goes off.”

Mr Curr is hope­ful most peo­ple will abide by the con­di­tions and it will be an easy sum­mer for the ru­ral fire brigade.

“(I’m) hop­ing for the rain, but if it keeps up like this it could be a busy fire sea­son.”

■ There is a to­tal fire ban for the Gran­ite Belt re­gion un­til mid­night on Fri­day.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DRY GROUNDS: The Ru­ral Fire Brigade at work.

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