Queensland prepares for above average bush fire season

ROBERT THORNTON

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Bushland and wildlife may be at risk this bushfire season. Photo: Robert Thornton

Authorities have warned rising temperatures and very dry conditions may cause an ‘above average’ fire danger across much of Queensland is already rated as ‘moderate to high risk’.

In the last six weeks, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Fire Rescue Service (FRS) has dealt with call-outs to more than 1,700 fires state-wide.

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Mark Ryan said bushfires have occurred from the most northern parts of the state and right down to the NSW border, and Queenslanders need to take precautions to ensure their own safety.

“Bushfires can start at any time and with little warning. You don’t even have to live close to bush or grassland to be affected,” Mr Ryan said.

“I urge everyone and people visiting our state to check out the Rural Fire Service website, to learn how to prepare for these fires and complete a Bushfire Survival Plan.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have contracted two large water bombing helicopters as well as an observation and attack supervision helicopter until 17 December.

The Bell 214B water bombing helicopter can draught 2,650L of water into a belly tank from any accessible water source.

Acting Commissioner for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), Mike Wassing said their resources are at the ready on the ground and in the air to respond quickly to any bushfire emergency in the coming months.

“Over the next few months, areas that were impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie and associated flooding can expect high levels of fire activity,” Acting Commissioner Wassing said.

“Land management agencies have been working hard to reduce dangerous fuel loads, but a heightened risk still remains in these areas.”

Bushfires have already damaged bushland and wildlife this season.

Acting Commissioner Wassing also stressed the need to take precautions in the coming months.

“Make sure your Bushfire Survival Plan is up-to-date and everyone in your house knows what they will do if a bushfire threatens,” Acting Commissioner Wassing said.

“If you decide to relocate, identify where you will go, what you will take with you and how you will get there safely.”

A resident in the bushfire prone area of Chuwar in Ipswich, Ashley Druve said there’s preparations his family makes before each bushfire season.

“The main thing is keeping the roof gutters clear to avoid any burning on the house itself,” Mr Druve said.

“Any leaf litter is moved away so there’s a clear zone around the house.”

For more information visit the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website.

 

 

 

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