Bushfire season arrives – what do we need to do?

We are being urged to get ready for the bushfire season which usually kicks in in August, after a relatively mild winter.

Gold Coast Area Director for the Rural Fire Service Kaye Healing said that means there is still a fair amount of fuel lying around.

She had some advice for residents, especially those who live in the Hinterland, or whose properties back onto bushland.


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Ms Healing said this message goes out to the newer developments that have been built near parklands or environmental areas.  “Anywhere where you’ve got bush, on a bad day, you’ve got potential for fire”.

She went on to say “if the vegetation dries out enough, we can see significant fire behaviour in these parklands”.

Ms Healing said major events like the Canberra bushfires, which broke out in 2013, killing several people and injuring close to 500 people can happen when people become complacent.

“Through the ember attack and the parklands and the corridors, through those communities it allowed the fire to penetrate into that urban area” she said.

“So we need to be very mindful and not be complacent because there is green corridors right throughout these communities and the fire will push right through that green corridor area.

Some of the things we can do is remove any dead grass around the house and around the yard and infrastructure.

Ms Healing also said we “also need to start clearing away the firewood that’s no longer required, rather than leaving it stacked up on the verandah”.

“And all the leaves and those sorts of things that have blown in over the winter months, just get a good tidy up so the houses can be protected.

She added that if we do have a lot of mulch in our gardens it is a good idea to keep it well watered during the bushfire season.

It is also a good idea to pack a Bushfire Survival Kit and have a think about whether we are going to stay or leave if a bushfire does happen to break out.

For more information to help you ‘prepare, act and survive’ head to the Rural Fire Service website.

The Bureau of Meteorology also has some great information and advice.