State forests west of Toowoomba are set to become a $455,000 testing area with cameras now installed to detect wildfires in south-west Queensland.
Seven remotely-operated cameras have been installed in the wildfire-prone forests west of Toowoomba which the Government says is likely to improve fire detection and response times.
The cameras will be positioned in those areas where historically, fire towers have been used to monitor for fires. It’s the first-time cameras will have been used to protect native forests.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner says the network is being installed in forests that contain high-value white cypress pine.
“Cypress is very sensitive to fire, and even moderate burns can destroy regenerating or mature trees, with Queensland timber in high demand and DAF contracted to supply wood to the timber industry, these improved methods of detection are a smart investment for our state.”
The cameras are being set up on poles 20-to-40 metres above the ground and will send live vision to QPWS rangers and DAF staff in Toowoomba and Dalby, who will monitor the areas during high fire-danger periods.
It is expected the rollout will be completed by the end of February 2018.