FIREFIGHTERS are reminding Queenslanders that one spark from power tools, farm machinery or a cigarette butt could be enough to start a devastating bushfire in the coming months.
Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) South Eastern Region Area Director Corey Bock said bushfire season had already begun and with dry conditions continuing, a small fire had the potential to spread quickly.
“There are no current fire bans in place, but people should take extreme care when using power tools and machinery,” Mr Bock said.
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“While undertaking any activity that may spark a fire, members of the community need to ensure they have appropriate resources to put out a fire if one starts.
“People could be liable for any damage a fire may cause.
“If you have to use machinery during dry conditions, we also recommend having someone available, other than just the tool operator, to watch closely for ignitions which may occur.”
Mr Bock said the current seasonal outlook had shown an above average fire season was predicted, making it all the more important to be careful with spark hazards.
“Already we have had some significant grass fires in the South Eastern Region at Bonogin, Austinville and Yarrabilba.
“As the Fire Danger Ratings increase getting further into the season, we want to limit any possibilities of ignition, particularly on days where fires will be harder to extinguish or control.”
Mr Bock also reminded motorists of the dangers of flicking cigarette butts outside car windows.
“Cigarette butts have the potential to cause dangerous roadside fires which can be avoided if people don’t throw cigarette butts from their cars,” he said.
“Smoke haze caused by these fires has the potential to cause serious multi-vehicle accidents particularly on the highway when people are travelling at high speed.
“Every cigarette butt flicked out the car window has the potential to cause a life-threatening fire for not only fellow motorists, but emergency crews who are called to attend to a situation which could have been avoided.”