Smoke in the air? Now is the time to get bushfire prepared
Moreton Bay Region residents will see smoke in the air in coming weeks as firefighters get ready for bushfire season and are urging the community to start their preparation too.
Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) Brisbane Regional Manager Wayne Waltisbuhl said firefighters and land management agencies had commenced Operation Cool Burn activities which were aimed at preparing fire-prone areas before the 2016 bushfire season.
“As part of Operation Cool Burn, the fire service works with councils and land management agencies to identify areas which may be bushfire prone across Moreton Bay Region and engage with local landholders to assist them with mitigation activities,” Mr Waltisbuhl said.
“Due to Operation Cool Burn activities such as hazard reduction burns, residents will probably notice increased smoke in their area during the next few months.
“It’s important to point out that QFES is not a landholder but is an agency that assists landholders, such as the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing, local councils, and private landowners to manage fire risks on their land.”
Mr Waltisbuhl said that Moreton Bay Region residents could also help with Operation Cool Burn in preparation for the 2016 bushfire season.
“Hazard reduction burns aren’t the only form of mitigation. Residents can prepare now by cleaning up their properties and start talking to their families about preparing a Bushfire Survival Plan,” he said.
“Landowners should remove excess vegetation such as dry grass, dead leaves and branches from their yard and gutters, and ensure their house number is clearly displayed for emergency services crews.
“It is essential for everyone who lives in bushland or semi-rural areas to have a Bushfire Survival Plan to know what actions should be taken in the lead up to the bushfire season and what to do if a bushfire approaches.
“Whether residents live in the city, urban fringe or regional parts of greater Brisbane and Moreton Bay Region, survival during a bushfire is dependent on how well prepared they are before the event.
“For further information on preparing for the 2016 bushfire season, learning what to do when a bushfire approaches, and downloading a Bushfire Survival Plan, visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au”.