Firefighters across the North Coast Region are reminding residents, particularly those located across the western areas, to remain vigilant following a spate of vegetation fires in recent days.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Regional Manager of Rural Operations for the North Coast Peter Hollier said the dry vegetation in the area combined with high to very high fire danger had the potential for even a small fire to spread quickly and threaten surrounding homes, other structures or even lives.
“Although at this stage of the year the bushfire season would typically be coming to an end, over the coming days and leading into the holiday period the combination of dry grassland and humidity in the area means the threat of bushfire is still very real,” Mr Hollier said.
“I urge all residents to do their part to decrease the risk of fire by taking care with cigarette butts, power tools and machinery and also educating others of potential bushfire danger.”
Mr Hollier urged parents ahead of the school holiday period to also educate their children on the danger of playing with fire for their safety and the safety of the wider community.
“If parents are concerned their child may have an unhealthy interest in fire they are urged to contact their local fire station or local Rural Area Office and ask about the Fight Fire Fascination Program,” he said.
“This program is designed to tackle the fascination with fire problem with young people and children and is based on education and development.
“People are also urged to contact triple zero (000) immediately should they come across a vegetation fire, this will ensure the most appropriate fire resource is dispatched as soon as possible, minimising the threat to property and life.”
Residents are reminded a Fire Danger Period still remains current for the State, this means Queenslanders are not permitted to light a fire, regardless of size, without a permit until midnight on Sunday 1 January, 2012.
Anyone considering undertaking a hazard reduction burn during this period should ensure they have discussions with their local fire warden.
Further information on steps you can take to prepare your home for bushfire and the fire danger period can be found at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and information on the Fight Fire Fascination program can be found at http://www.fire.qld.gov.au/communitysafety/freeprograms/fff.asp