Flood volunteers preparing to save us from bushfires
THE volunteers who helped Gympie clean up after the floods are preparing to save us from the wildfire consequences of a long wet season.
Rural Fire Services area director Warren Edwards yesterday was keeping his fingers crossed that our upcoming bushfire season might not be too bad.
He said the wet winter could mean a shorter fire season, with a late start. He hoped it would not extend into January, as happened last time.
But he warned that landholders should take all reasonable precautions to reduce potentially dangerous fuel loads, through slashing, mowing, grazing or hazard-reduction burning.
"Now is the time to make properties safe for the coming fire season," he said.
"Owners need to adhere to advice and the precincts of the burned area are made safe, to prevent the fire escaping.
"To burn off they will need a permit from their local fire warden and they will need to contact all adjoining land owners before applying for a permit.
"They will need to ensure they have adequate resources to safely carry out burning and if needed, they can obtain assistance from their local rural fire brigade."