Hot conditions a concern for bushfires
Lockyer Valley residents are urged to be vigilant and well prepared for bushfires, following a run of heatwave temperatures across the state.
Due to the hot and dry weather the south-east has experienced, Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor, Cr Tanya Milligan said preparation was key.
“Due to the dry conditions, the window to prepare properties for bushfire season is quickly decreasing.
“It is the property owner’s responsibility to manage the fuel load and reduce fire risk on their land and keep a fire contained, which is why we encourage landholders to take action now.
“Everyone should be familiar with the official Bushfire Warnings levels and have completed an Emergency Plan.
“Remember, you don’t have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfire, just close enough to be affected by burning material, embers, and smoke.
“Clean your gutters of leaves and debris, know how to turn off your home’s mains power, water and gas supply and try to have three days’ worth of food and bottled water on standby.
“Lastly, practice your evacuation plan with the family every three months - it will make sure everyone remembers where they’re meant to be, and who to contact,” she said.
Mayor Milligan said there were steps landholders could take to ensure their fuel load was reduced now.
“You can reduce fuel loading by slashing or mowing paddocks, grazing animals, creating fire breaks or just clearing vegetation from around the home and other structures,” she said.
Council also reminded landowners it was necessary to obtain a permit for fires larger than two metres in any direction.
The Permit to Light a Fire system ensures burns are conducted at an appropriate time of the year, are suitably managed and emergency services are notified. Permits come with clear guidelines on when you can light the fire and what precautions need to be taken, including the provision of informing neighbours of planned burns.
For more information or to locate your local fire warden, visit www.qfes.qld.gov.au.