ON THE JOB: Peter McCauley maintain the burnoff in Benarkin.
ON THE JOB: Peter McCauley maintain the burnoff in Benarkin. Katherine Morris

27.6ha burned off in hazard reduction

FOR the first time in 24 years, the Blackbutt Benarkin area received a much-needed hazard reduction burn-off.

Nanango Rural Fire Brigade first officer Les Lane said a total of 27.6 hectares spread over three different areas was burnt off.

Thirty-three personnel from seven brigades from Taromeo, Bunya Mountains, South Nanango, Wattle Camp, Marlar-Booie, East Nanango and Maidenwell were involved.

It was the perfect temperature for the rural fire brigades' hazard burn-off.

"All the residents are very happy. They have been waiting a long time - it's been 24 years since the last hazard reduction burn here," Mr Lane said.

The brigades will spend three days lighting and monitoring the fires.

The land has been ravaged by noxious weed lantana, which had been poisoned by the South Burnett Regional Council.

The plant is not native to Australia and was brought in as a pot plant from the United Kingdom.

Mr Lane said the plant spread like rabbits.

The rural fire service is always looking for new members to volunteer, even in support roles.

"It's a job for anybody," Mr Lane said.

For more information about being a volunteer, visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or phone 07 5420 7517.

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