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Severe fire danger for northern Queensland
3/01/2013 10:01:07 AM
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is urging residents and travellers in the northern part of the state to remain vigilant as heightened fire danger continues.
QFRS Northern Region Manager for Rural Operations Ken Beasley said firefighters were monitoring conditions closely.
“The weather forecast suggests conditions will ease with expected rain, however a severe fire danger still remains throughout the Central West, from the top of the Gulf Country to the south of the Diamantina Districts,” Mr Beasley said.
“It’s important not to be complacent, especially regarding fire permits. Before lighting a fire, it’s mandatory to obtain a permit through your Fire Warden and permit conditions must be adhered to in full.
“In addition, landowners who have conducted hazard reduction burns recently are strongly encouraged to take immediate steps to ensure their fire has been properly extinguished or to make sure the residual fire is contained so that it will not escape with the forecast winds in the coming days.”
Mr Beasley said now was an ideal time to prepare your home and land.
“We recommend that you mow grass around houses and buildings, removing rubbish piles and clear any excess trees and shrubs away from houses, especially the window areas,” he said.
“It is also essential for everyone to have a Bushfire Survival Plan to detail exactly how they will prepare and what action they will take if threatened by a bushfire.”
More information about how to prepare for bushfire season can be found at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au
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