Fire danger strikes the region

IT WAS evident bushfire season had arrived this week as a haze of smoke hovered over the Lockyer Valley.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) spokeswoman said controlled burns had taken place in Boonah, Lockyer Waters, Cedar Grove and Brightview.

Rural firefighter Simon Emmerson said a fire in the Thornton area was now under control.

"Our fire crews have been back burning to protect a few properties but the initial fire started somewhere up in the mountains," Mr Emmerson said.

"On Sunday the fire trucks were there protected a couple of houses.

"It's still burning now; it's gone across a few thousand acres from Thornton School south.

"Now it's creeping north along the Valley towards Mulgowie, but there are no immediate problems."

Mr Emmerson encouraged residents to be vigilant in fire season.

THE importance of fire safety was also emphasised on Monday with the Gatton fire crews called out to a grass fire on the Gatton bypass on Monday.

The Gatton QFRS had the fire under control after five minutes on the scene.

QFRS Acting Assistant Commissioner for Rural Operations Paul Adcock said conditions of high temperatures, north to north-westerly winds and low humidity being experience were perfect for fire.

Mr Adcock said this mix of weather conditions prompted QFRS to ask all residents to be particularly careful.

"We have already postponed a number of permit burns across the state but if you have a valid permit, please rethink the need to light up over the coming days," he said.

"Landowners who have conducted hazard reduction burns recently are strongly encouraged to take immediate steps to ensure that their fire has been properly extinguished or to make sure the residual fire is contained so that it will not escape."

Mr Adcock reminded residents of the declaration of a Fire Danger Period for the state.

More information about permits to light fire and how to prepare for bushfire season can be found at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au


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