Cooler temperatures across the state are providing the perfect opportunity to start Queensland’s 2018 bushfire mitigation program – Operation Cool Burn which will be launched today by QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll and Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford.
Ms Carroll says Bushfire mitigation is a shared responsibility between key agencies and communities, helping to minimise the potential impact of significant fires during the bushfire season.
“It’s about Queenslanders sharing the responsibility, from understanding the local fire risk to knowing how to read Fire Danger Ratings and implementing a bushfire survival plan,” Ms Carroll said.
“A bushfire survival plan is a great safety tool that could mean the world of difference to your family, and your property, during a bushfire.”
“It doesn’t matter where you live – be it Charleville, Cairns, Goondiwindi or inner city Brisbane – you can be impacted by bushfires.”
Ms Carroll said one of the most effective bushfire mitigation activities was hazard reduction burns.
“There is no one size fits all approach to mitigation, so activities occur in different parts of the state at different times and range from community engagement events to large-scale hazard reduction burns.”
“It’s vital that communities, firefighters and other agencies come together to discuss what their plans are. We want Queenslanders to be ready before, during and after a bushfire event.”
Minister Crawford is urging Queenslanders to work together with firefighters to prepare their backyards and create bushfire survival plans.
“By removing the fuel load from the landscape, firefighters are reducing potential bushfire threats, and minimising damage to life, property and the environment.”
“It’s important we all take steps to protect the community, maintain biodiversity and assist with vegetation management while the conditions are favourable.”