BURN: Fire-fighters are urging residents to be prepared for grassfire season.
BURN: Fire-fighters are urging residents to be prepared for grassfire season.

Prepare for fire season

GRASSFIRES could be a major issue for firefighters on the Fraser Coast this spring with the region's wet weather feeding the perfect conditions for quick-spreading fires.

Heavy downpours earlier this year have boosted the density of grass and shrubbery in Hervey Bay, according to Torquay station officer Neil Probert.

"There is a lot of thick vegetation up around properties and vacant lots, and that creates a high fuel load for grassfires," Mr Probert said.

"Pair that with dry weather and you've the potential for a lot of grassfires."

Fraser Coast officers might attend more than 100 grassfires each year depending on the conditions, with suspicious blazes accounting for a large portion of incidents.

The two primary causes of grassfires were controlled burns and children lighting fires, Mr Probert said.

"These fires have the potential to demolish properties and destroy crops," he said.

"They can cause a massive financial burden for people if their produce is destroyed.

"That is why it's important that people prepare their homes for grassfire and bushfire season."

Be prepared

Remove excess shrubs and trees

Clear house gutters

Maintain gardens, lawns

Make hoses available

Remove leaf litter from near buildings



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