Fire bans need to be embraced
LARGE areas of Queensland are tinder dry but a total fire ban does not exist in any area in the state, despite the concerns of many landholders.
Rural Fire Services seem reluctant to put any fire bans in place despite some National Parks areas, under the control of other government departments, having banned all fires.
Instead of banning fires in areas that are holding large volumes of extremely dry grass after a good growing season early last year those in charge of rural fires leave the issuing of permits to local fire wardens.
Just what the consequences would be if a local fire warden issued a permit for a fire which then escaped and caused significant property damage is anyone's guess.
It appears that those with the ability to put total fire bans in place in areas of concern would instead rather leave this demanding duty to continue to issue permits to the discretion of volunteer wardens.