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Burn-offs at Point Vernon to reduce firebug risk

CONTROLLED burns have been carried out in Hervey Bay in an effort to destroy tempting fuel for firebugs and reduce the region's bushfire risk.

They come after Queensland Fire and Rescue Service raised the Fraser Coast's fire danger alert and warned residents to prepare for a scorching summer.

A rural firefighters sets grass alight at a controlled burn near North St at Point Vernon.
A rural firefighters sets grass alight at a controlled burn near North St at Point Vernon. Alistair Brightman

With more rain predicted today Mr Gleeson said fire-fighters did their best to clear about 6ha ahead of tough conditions expected later this week.

The burn-off was part of the state-wide Operation Cool Burn, a pre-emptive strike against the pending bushfire season which is expected to be unusually severe, and has resulted in crews across the Northern Region taking action.

Rural fire crews stayed at the scene last night to keep the blaze under control.

Mr Gleeson said the heightened alert provided a timely reminder to prepare for the coming summer months and urged families to ensure they had an updated bushfire survival plan.

Reducing the risk

  • Clear gutters and backyard growth
  • Never throw cigarette butts out of car windows
  • Be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas

Topics:  controlled burns, fire, point vernon, rural firefighters




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