Bushfire Season – What you need to know

Aug 27, 2018 | Mayor's Blog, Uncategorised

Extracted from ‘North Burnett News’, Central and North Burnett Times, 23 August 2018.

For those of us who live in the North Burnett fire is a part of our lives. Each year some farmers choose to use fire as an agricultural tool and burn off their properties. These burns need a permit from the local fire warden and are usually very well controlled. I for one, look forward to the beautiful red sunsets which these burns produce.

Last week’s weather conditions resulted in all permits to burn being suspended. QFES does an amazing job monitoring conditions and informing council, along with other agencies as to upcoming fire conditions. The fuel load in our dry grass is enormous and our soil is
extremely dry so the potential for fire to get away at this time is high. Therefore, we all need to to be aware of how we live with this fire threat.

Firstly, for everyone with permits to burn, before doing so please contact your local fire warden for the latest advice. Although permits are issued with a date range for use, conditions can change substantially over that time.

Secondly, if you see a fire that is not controlled (or if QFES or Rural Fire is not in attendance) please call triple zero ‘000’.

Thirdly, there unfortunately has been some recent fires which have been suspected to have been deliberately lit. Personally, I have trouble comprehending the stupidity of this. As a community we ask you to be vigilant and if you suspect any arson please contact Crimestoppers with whatever information you have. “If you see something, know something, then say something…” We need to help each other out with this one.

Lastly, I’d like to thank QFES staff and our rural volunteers who spend many hours protecting life and property, many times at their own risk. You all do an outstanding job and we are lucky to have you.

  • Local Fire Warden Information: Please call Kingaroy/Burnett Area Office 4172 8700
  • Fire Warden information: https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/Pages/fw_finder.aspx
  • Crimestoppers No: 1800 333 000
  • Emergency Services: Please call triple zero ‘000’

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