Landholders urged to back-burn now

FRASER Coast landholders who need to conduct back-burning operations ahead of the hot summer months need to apply for a permit as soon as possible.

The Rural Fire Service has been burning scrubland across the region for the past six weeks in an effort to reduce the risk of a large fire.

RFS Maryborough area director Warren Edwards said people could still conduct hazard reduction burns but needed to get a permit within the next week.

"They probably should have done it by now, but in some situations they still may be able to do it," he said.

"Fire wardens start refusing permits if the weather gets too dry."

However people who wish to burn materials on their property need to follow a hazard-reduction process.

"The first thing they need to do is notify their neighbours they intend to apply for a permit to light a fire and then contact their local fire warden," he said.

"And the burn must be conducted safely without risk of it escaping the intended burn area."

The Fraser Coast has had two major fires already this season.

Lighting a fire more than 2m wide requires a permit.

Most of the Fraser Coast is considered to be a low to medium bushfire risk.

Anyone conducting controlled burns needs to abide by all the conditions on the permit.

Mr Edwards predicted this summer had the potential to be quite busy for fire crews.

"The prediction is for an average fire season," he said.

"This year because of the wet winter it is late starting."

HAZARD REDUCTION PROCESS

  • Tell your neighbours you intend to apply for a fire permit.
  • Contact your local fire warden for a permit.
  • Ensure the fire doesn't escape the intended area.


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