Farmers need to prepare for fire season now: Queensland Rural Fire Service

With the dry season underway, and the cane harvest about to begin in a few weeks', now is the time to look at cool burns and fire safety, says Queensland's Rural Fire Service.

First officers, fire wardens and deputy wardens with primary producer brigades in regional areas are being briefed throughout the state.

Bushfire Safety Officer Gordon Yorke said farmers need to know about cool burn fires, the harvest, and dry seasons.

"It's going to take a whole-of-community effort to ensure that we're prepared ahead of the fire season," Mr Yorke said.

"We can take this opportunity now while the conditions are mild to put in these low intensity hazard reduction burns.

"A couple of key things are to take ownership of the risk on your property.

"Ensure that your family has a plan in case you are impacted by a fire later in the year.

"Act now. Take charge of your own situation. Talk to your neighbours. Think about access, water and clearing areas around your assets."

The rural fire service said there was also online and other help about fires available for people who can't get to an information meeting.

"You can visit our rural fire service webpage for all the information," Mr Yorke said.

"You can download a bushfire survival plan there for your family.

"You should be talking with your neighbours. Go and talk to your fire warden and talk to your local fire brigade too. They'll be happy to assist you with any extra information you need."

Mr Yorke said an ageing force meant the rural fire service also needed more volunteers.

"In our rural primary producer brigades, the wardens and the first officers aren't getting any younger," he said.

"We're always on the lookout for new recruits. The great thing about this is you can give back to your community.

"If there is a fire you've got the knowledge and you can make yourself available to help your community."

Source: ABC News

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