Rain brings fire risk relief
PERMITS for burning off are back in the hands of local fire wardens, after the lifting of a weekend suspension order on fire permits across the Wide Bay Burnett region.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service area director for rural operations, Warren Edwards, yesterday announced the lifting of burning-off restrictions, including the suspension of permits.
"People who want to burn off now just have to apply as normal to their local fire warden for a decision as to whether burning is allowed."
He said extremely hot and dry conditions, with dry northerly winds, had forced the suspension, but rain this week had eased the danger.
Easier conditions for fires do not mean time off for the volunteers of the rural fire service, however.
But it does allow time for another important duty - raising money for equipment and other costs.
Rural firies from Curra and Veteran collected $445.80 in generous public donations at a recent fundraising event at Gympie's North Woolworths Service Station.
The money will buy items like gumboots, shovels, rakes and brooms.