With recent fire restrictions now lifted, south-west Queensland landholders are being urged to start hazard reduction activities on their properties.
“There are many options available for bushfire hazard reduction and several that don’t require burning the land. Residents should be raking up and removing leaves and leaf litter, clearing gutters, trimming low-lying branches and mowing their grass regularly. ”
“They should also put in fire breaks on their property and move flammable items away from the house, such as woodpiles, paper, boxes and crates.
“These are all simple steps, but they will go a long way to preparing properties for bushfire season.”
Mr Chittenden says landholders who wished to burn on their property would need to apply for a permit.
“Hazard reduction burns are only one part of pre-bushfire season preparation and we do encourage residents to conduct their own burns.”
“If burning in an area greater than two metres in any direction, residents should obtain a permit through their local fire warden.
“The Permit to Light a Fire system ensures burns are conducted at an appropriate time, are suitably managed and emergency services are notified.
“Tough penalties apply for people who light fires without a permit.”