The burn-off is starting soon.
The burn-off is starting soon. Craig Warhurst

Parks get set for new fire season

QUEENSLAND Parks and Wildlife Service rangers are busy preparing equipment, clearing firebreaks and finalising plans for the 2012 schedule of planned burns within the Cooloola Recreation Area.

QPWS senior ranger Matt Davies said planned burning was a major weapon in reducing the risk of wildfires.

"Successive wet seasons have increased the fuel load so a carefully planned and managed series of burns is critical to reduce that risk," Mr Davies said.

"That's why hazard reduction and the lower intensity conservation burns will be taking place over the next few months when conditions are right.

"The exact dates and times of the burns will be determined by weather conditions and we will be letting the community know the details as soon as possible."

Mr Davies said QPWS put a high priority on public safety, working closely with other fire agencies, rural fire brigades, neighbouring landholders and the local community.

"We know it's important to keep people informed which is why we have a thorough public notification system in place covering mailed letters, radio announcements and online information," he said.

"People with respiratory or other health issues aggravated by smoke inhalation will need to take suitable precautions and some road detours or closures may be in place for public safety.

"You can keep informed of planned burn schedules by searching for the 'Cooloola Conditions Report' at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au or by contacting the QPWS information centre on 5486 9900 (8am-4 pm daily)."

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