El Nino promises prolonged fire season
A PROLONGED fire season is expected for Queensland with hot and dry conditions brought on by the El Nino weather phenomena.
Queensland Park and Wildlife deputy director-general Ben Klaassen said fire management in parks and forests was a top priority.
He said 387 burns to reduce fuel loads across 368,000 hectares had been conducted between March 1 and October 8 across the state.
"The burns are mainly done to reduce fuel loads to decrease risks to life, property and assets, as well as to maintain biodiversity," he said.
However a reported 113 wildfires had also broken through out 175,000 hectares of QPWS estate during that period, he said.
Mr Klassen said park visitors should "do their bit" to help reduce the risk.
"Use fireplaces where provided, put out fires fully with water not earth or sand, be careful with disposal of cigarette butts, and observe any restrictions on lighting fires," he said.