Prepare for big bushfire season
UNPRECEDENTED fuel loads throughout the Lockyer Valley has raised a number of concerns with Queensland Fire and Rescue Services (QFRS) expecting to see a more severe bushfire season than previous years.
QFRS Gatton Station Officer Noel Einam said heavy rain during the flood disaster earlier this year had resulted in an increased amount of vegetation growth and urged residents to be vigilant as the region entered the bushfire season.
“Because of the floods, with a lot of heavy rain throughout the Lockyer Valley and Somerset regions, there is a lot of vegetation growth,” Mr Einam said.
“All the vegetation is drying out which could create a fairly intense fire season.
“There is the potential for possibly larger fires than there has been in the last few years.”
He said there were a number of ways residents could become bushfire prepared including the maintenance of properties by ensuring all rubbish was cleared and flammable liquids were stored correctly.
“We just ask the public to be responsible in their actions and to think of the possible consequences of their actions,” he said.
Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones also said it was vital residents made the steps towards being bushfire prepared.
“After the horror weather events of January 2011, as a community we need to be prepared for anything Mother Nature may throw at us this summer,” Cr Jones said.
To get into contact with your local fire warden call the QFRS Rural office Ipswich on 3381 7122 or go to www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au
QFRS important tips
- Display a prominent house number or other identifier
- Make sure fire trucks can get onto your property
- Make sure things that can burn are well away from the house (e.g. garden mulch, wood piles, boxes, garden furniture, cans of fuel, rubbish bins, etc)
- Create low fuel areas with driveways, paths, gravelled areas and lawns close to house
- Remove, cut or mow bushes, grass and weeds around sheds, fences and gates for at least 20 metres from house
- Buy a battery powered radio to listen to bushfire updates