Fire risk warning

THEY say where there's smoke there's fire, but where there's fuel there's also fire risk.

This year's fire season has the potential to bring dangerous conditions after the wet summer boosted the growing potential in the region.

Gympie Regional Council bushfire hazard management committee chairman councillor Ian Petersen said there was more fuel around, including grass, for fire than he had seen in a long time.

He urged people to prepare now for the fire season, which usually starts in October.

Cr Petersen said to get ready for fuel reduction burns, slash fire breaks and pick up tree limbs and debris that could carry fire and spread it to treetops.

“It may seem like a strange time to issue a warning about the dangers of bushfire as you would be hard pressed to get a fire going now.

“We need to be aware of the dramatic change of circumstances that will occur in a few short months.

“Everything may be green and wet at the moment but a few days of strong winds and the first couple of frosts of winter will see that lush green grass brown off to become a massive fire risk.

“Crown fires pose probably the greatest threat to life and property and, given the right conditions, can become virtually unstoppable.

“The massive fuel loads we can expect this fire season make this threat a real possibility and we need to start preparing early.”

Cr Petersen also warned against clearing building pads by pushing vegetation over the embankment.

“Fire fuel loads downhill from a house site can be absolutely lethal, and the practice should be avoided at all costs.”

He urged people to call the rural firefighters and their local fire warden for permits.

Gympie Times


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