Spring brings about a need to prepare your homes and properties for the bushfire season. The drier winter months, coupled with the low humidity and gusty westerly winds that traditionally arrive in spring, increase the risk of bushfire. August to late October is when Queensland usually experiences its bushfire season.
Most buildings lost in bushfires are often ignited by embers that collect in guttering and eaves or blow into scrub around the home. You can take steps to prepare your property by removing, cutting or mowing bushes, grass and weeds around sheds, fences and gates; clearing overhanging branches from the roof; cleaning gutters and buy gutter plugs; establishing a clear buffer zone around your house and other buildings; keeping hoses at the ready; and if you have a water system, pump or generator, check they are working.
Information is available to householders through the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) Bushfire Prepared Communities program, by contacting local fire stations, accessing the QFRS website here or the QFRS Rural Fire Service website here.
Are you bushfire prepared?
You don’t have to live in the bush to be threatened by bushfire, just close enough to be affected by burning material, embers and smoke. For Queensland residents, that can be just about anywhere.
All residents should discuss what they would do in a bushfire situation with their family. Click here for further information in relation to developing a Bushfire Survival Plan.
Obtaining a permit to light fire
An application for a ‘Permit to Light Fire’ is made through your local fire warden. Contact details for fire wardens are available through the Fire Warden Finder here. Following receipt of your application the fire warden may impose conditions on a permit to reduce unwanted risk or nuisance to other people, property or to the environment. The fire warden may refuse to issue a permit if they believe that appropriate safety measures cannot be reasonably achieved.
MSC fire management
Planned fuel reduction prevents wildfire damage. Contact Council by phone on 1300 308 461 or by email to obtain information on MSC’s Fuel Reduction program.
Neighbourhood Safer Places
The following locations are deemed as approved Neighbourhood Safer Places by QFRS for wildfire events:
Name & Description: Mona Mona Community
Category: Open Space
Address: Mona Mona
Latitude -16.7318447 Longitude: 145.5119699
These sites have undergone an assessment process by QFRS and are deemed to have met the selection criteria detailed in the document entitled Neighbourhood Safer Places – A Place of Last Resort in a Bushfire.