Risks of fire rise in winter

GYMPIE police and firefighters are warning residents to be aware of fire dangers as the dry winter months draw near.

Gympie Fire and Rescue crews were called to a fire in a backyard of a property on Cootharaba after midday on Thursday.

It was believed the fire had got out of hand but on arrival, firefighters found it was just a local resident burning rubbish.

Police said they received a call about a fire that "got away", but firefighters said it was under control when they arrived.

Gympie police Sergeant Vic Tipman said the false alarm served as a warning to be mindful about lighting fires as conditions started to dry out in winter months.

"Residents need to make sure fires are kept under control when burning rubbish in backyard," he said.

"(Burning off) is a concern for neighbours and this is a timely reminder to be extra careful as fire fuel dries off."

Firefighters said despite a concerned resident reporting a fence on fire, the flames were fuelled by burning leaves.

There was no immediate threat of the fire spreading however, the resident was told not to burn off in such a way that increased the chances of a fire burning out of control.

Instead of burning backyard debris, firefighters ask residents to cart it away.

The best way to reduce potential fires during winter is to cut back overgrown vegetation, which includes clearing scrub and undergrowth from around the property.

Gympie Times

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