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Southern Queensland bushfire warning

6/2/2006 3:47:18 PM

Queensland Fire & Rescue Service (QFRS) Assistant Commissioner - Rural Operations, Steve Rothwell, is urging all residents to prepare their homes and properties for an early start to bushfire season.

With strong winds predicted over the weekend (June 3-4), Mr Rothwell said residents, particularly in rural and bushland regions, should undertake measures that would assist in fire prevention.

“The start of the danger period for bushfires in Queensland tends to be at the end of winter but the climate over recent months means we must be prepared now,” said Mr Rothwell.

“Rural and urban brigades have successfully battled several wildfires over the past few weeks, but we’ve been operating in favourable conditions.

“There is a lot of fuel to burn and the drought and recent frosts combined with strong winds and low humidity means we are facing a dangerous situation now.

“Residents need to remove any potential ‘fuel’ such as leaves, twigs, branches and other flammable items well away from the family home and any other assets.”

The potential for bushfires this weekend emphasises the need for residents to cease all lighting of fires from Friday until the winds reduce.

Fire Wardens don’t allow permit fires to be lit when wind strength exceeds 25kph.

“Anyone with a current fire burning should extinguish it before the conditions deteriorate and we would urge all residents not commence any burning operations during these conditions,” Mr Rothwell said.

“If anyone did have concerns or queries relating to this matter, I would urge all residents to contact our Customer Contact Centre on 131 304.”

QFRS recommends the following fire prevention steps:
- Clear away rubbish and debris from areas of property
- Keep grass areas well maintained and watered
- Clear gutters of leaf litter and debris
- Store flammable items and stockpiles of timber, leaves or twigs well away from the home

If members of the public see a fire at any time, please phone 000 to alert Queensland Fire & Rescue Services.

Contact for media enquiries: For further information please contact QFRS Media on (07) 3247 8186

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