Control burn for hoop plantations

FORESTRY Plantations Queensland (FPQ) will soon begin fuel reduction burning in the State’s Mary Valley hoop plantations, Mary Valley’s Senior Forester Dan O’Regan said.

Mr O’Regan said the controlled burns would be lit from the Wide Bay Highway in the north through Brooyar, Amamoor, Imbil and Kenilworth in the south in the next two months. “The burns are part of a continuing campaign to protect FPQ’s $600 million plantation assets and nearby communities,” he said.

“Annual summer growth of understorey and grassy vegetation requires that we begin hazard reduction burning now to reduce as much as possible the risk of wildfires later in the year when any fires would burn more intensely. The fuel reduction burning program is planned to be completed by the end of August.”

Mr O’Regan said if anyone was concerned about fires in or threatening plantation forests they should call triple-0 and report it.

For more information on FPQ’s burning program in the Mary Valley, contact FPQ Imbil on 5484 3900.

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