Moreton Bay Region residents: do you know today’s fire danger rating?
Moreton Bay Region residents are being asked to familiarise themselves with the Fire Danger Rating (FDR) system as the potential for bushfire activity ramps up.
Rural Fire Service (RFS) Brisbane Regional Manager Wayne Waltisbuhl said even though the South East Queensland area had regular rainfall in the past month, the bushfire season was not over yet.
“With warmer temperatures expected in the next few months we could see increased bushfire activity across the Moreton Bay Region so it’s important that residents ensure they know what actions to take if a bushfire breaks out in their area,” Mr Waltisbuhl said.
“RFS uses the FDR system to ensure members of the public are aware of daily fire conditions and the level of action required, depending on the danger rating, should a bushfire occur in the area.
“There are six levels of FDR, ranging from ‘low-moderate’ to ‘catastrophic’ that take into account forecast temperatures, humidity, wind speed and dryness of vegetation.
“A’ Low-moderate’ fire or ‘high fire’ danger rating means that a fire could be easily controlled and pose little or limited risk to life or property.
“A ‘Very high’ fire danger rating means fires could be difficult to control and homes may be damaged or destroyed.
“During ‘Severe’ and ‘extreme’ fire danger ratings, fire conditions will be unpredictable and fast moving, with the potential for people to be injured and homes destroyed.
“In ‘Catastrophic’ conditions a fire will burn so fast and hot that it will be uncontrollable, unpredictable and very fast moving. People may be injured and many homes destroyed. Lives may be lost.”
Mr Waltisbuhl said it was important for Moreton Bay Region residents living and travelling in bushfire prone areas to keep a close eye on fire danger rating signs.
“FDR signs are located in a number of locations across the Moreton Bay Region, providing locals and travellers with a quick snapshot of what the bushfire danger rating is and how vigilant they should be,” he said.
“Ensure you stay up-to-date with weather conditions and fire danger ratings this season and, complete a Bushfire Survival Plan so you know what you will do in the event of a bushfire.”