Prepare now for fire season warns firies

With fire season on our doorstep, Gold Coasters are being urged to clear their properties and reduce the bushfire risk.

A combination of dry and warm conditions has seen an increase in ‘fuel’ such as dry grass and leaves.

Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) South Eastern Regional Manager Corey Bock said a recent lack of rain across the region meant conditions were rapidly deteriorating.


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“Large areas of south-east Queensland are drying out extremely quickly and we are already seeing an increase in vegetation fires, meaning the window to prepare properties for bushfire season is closing rapidly,” Mr Bock said.

“We are encouraging landholders to help us reduce fire risk by becoming part of ‘Operation Cool Burn’ and taking responsibility for their properties now,” he added.

“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.”

Operation Cool Burn is about to start across the state to reduce fire risk in bushfire-prone areas ahead of the season.

As a result, you may see an increase in smoke in the air due to planned hazard reduction burns across the region in the coming months.

Click here for more information or to locate your local fire warden.