Firies say it’s time for burn-offs
GYMPIE region landowners should carry out any controlled burns on their properties now while the weather conditions made it as safe as possible.
North Coast firefighters yesterday urged landowners to prioritise reducing their bushfire risk now, before the impending fire season.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service manager of rural operations for the North Coast region, Peter Hollier, said weather conditions now were favourable for hazard-reduction activities and landowners could conduct their own burns if they had a permit.
"Queensland's wet summer has increased the high grass fuel load but left the ground moist, making it a prime time to get out there and take control of the situation and burn off before it dries out," Mr Hollier said.
"Hazard reduction is a joint initiative, which is not only the responsibility of government and local council but also land owners.
"Reducing fuel loads in high-risk bushfire areas decreases the chance of loss of property or even life during bushfires.
"The earlier landholders can burn off, the better."
Mr Hollier said landholders wanting to light a fire in the open should seek advice from their local fire warden as a permit might be required.
He said QFRS permits "ensure burns are conducted at an appropriate time of the year, are suitably managed and planned, and emergency services are notified".
"Permits are required at all times for a fire that is bigger than 2m in any direction."
Permits are free.