Landowners have one week to apply for burn-off permits.
Landowners have one week to apply for burn-off permits. Alistair Brightman

Only a week left to apply for back-burning operations

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 have 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 there was a process for hazard reduction burns.  

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

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

Mr Edwards said people could still conduct hazard reduction burns but needed to get a permit very quickly.

"They need to do so in the next week," he said.

Lighting a fire more than two metres wide requires a permit.

To find your local fire warden visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and follow the links.



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