FAVOURABLE weather conditions have enabled Seqwater to deliver a number of planned hazard reduction burns ahead of the up coming summer period and subsequent bushfire season.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said the burns were part of Seqwater’s ongoing fire management program to ensure the areas surrounding Seqwater catchments were best prepped and protected for the warmer months.
“Burns are carried out before the onset of the summer fire season to reduce the risk of wild fires and their impact on life, property and the environment,” Mr Dennis said.
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“Typically, the planned burns season can commence in February and be conducted until the end of August but this is dependent on conditions.
“This year we were able to begin our planned burns in March but progressed most in May and June.”
Mr Dennis said hazard reduction burns had so far been conducted at Hinze Dam, Wyaralong Dam, North Stradbroke Island, North Pine Dam, Leslie Harrison Dam, Wivenhoe Dam, Somerset Dam and Lake Manchester.
“It is unusual to get such favourable weather conditions before August so we have capitalised on the opportunity,” he said.
“Low winds, mild temperatures and medium relative humidity make it possible for us to conduct burns safely.”
Mr Dennis said Seqwater’s skilled staff conducted the planned hazard reduction burns and were at times assisted by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and other agencies.
Seqwater seeks approval from the QFES to perform all planned hazard reduction burns.
Mr Dennis reminded visitors to recreation areas to observe all signage relating to planned burn activity and to follow the directions of Seqwater staff.
“A list of Recreation and Safety Notices are available on the Seqwater website which notify residents about upcoming planned burns.”
For more information about Seqwater and its services visit www.seqwater.com.au.