Rural fire brigade voluteers at a grass fire near The Caves. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Rural fire brigade voluteers at a grass fire near The Caves. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

41 vegetations fires in four days in Central Queensland

CENTRAL Queensland residents are being urged to finalise their bushfire preparations as conditions become more dangerous for fires.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Central Region Assistant Commissioner Ewan Cayzer said the region had seen 41 vegetation fires since Friday, several near properties.

He said there was only a small window of time remaining for landholders to prepare their properties for potential bushfires.

"Survival during a bushfire is highly dependent on how well prepared you are before the event," Mr Cayzer said.

"Too often we see landholders relying solely on firefighters to put in fire breaks and burn fuel loads on their own properties, without taking the steps to reduce fire risk themselves.

"It is the property owner's responsibility to manage the fuel load and reduce fire risk on their land and keep a bushfire contained.

Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) Acting Central Regional Manager Craig Magick said there were a number of steps landholders should take to reduce the risk of fire.

"You must make and maintain fire breaks on your land, remove and dispose of any vegetation or flammable material that poses a fire risk and take steps to obtain and keep firefighting equipment, in order to manage any fires that are on your property," Mr Magick said.

"Landholders wanting to light a fire for hazard reduction purposes should seek advice from their local Fire Warden, as a permit may be required.

"These burns must be closely supervised and you are required to take measures to ensure an adequate supply of water and a means to control the fire."

Mr Cayzer said landholders were also required to take reasonable steps to respond to a bushfire that breaks out on their land.

"When a fire breaks out on your property you must take action to control the fire and report the location of the fire by calling Triple Zero (000) immediately," he said.

"It is essential for everyone to have a Bushfire Survival Plan to detail exactly how you will prepare and what action you will take if threatened by a bushfire.

"Bushfire Survival Plans can include monitoring your local radio and television for updates; locating your bushfire kit, which you would have prepared earlier; putting on protective clothing and drinking plenty of water.

"On a severe, extreme or catastrophic fire weather day, the safest option for survival is to leave well in advance of any fire if you are likely to be threatened by the fire."

For further information on preparing for bushfire season, learning what to do when a bushfire approaches, and downloading a Bushfire Survival Plan, visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.


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