Contingent of firefighters in South Burnett ready to go

Press Release

WITH the current hot dry conditions the South Burnett region is currently home to a contingent of firefighters from the Sunshine coast and wider areas in preparation for any fires in the region.

"Over the last few days this strike team has assisted local volunteer Rural Fire Brigades and Urban fire fighters to contain a number of fires, preventing them escalation to major incidents," QFES inspector Jeff Keating, the incident controller at Kingaroy said.

"Strike teams are currently based at both Kingaroy and Gayndah to facilitate fast response to reports of fire across the region."

"With severe fire danger in the region today, it is vital that residents take extra care and remain vigilant to prevent bushfire."

Local fire bans have been imposed in the North and South Burnett, Cherbourg, Gympie Fraser Coast and Bundaberg local government areas and all Permits to Light Fire have been cancelled in these areas.

"It is also important that extra care be applied when using power tools such as grinders and welders as the risk of fire from this 'hot work' cannot be ignored," Inspector Keating said.

"Even leaving vehicles running in dry grassy areas poses a risk, so please consider possible consequences of your activities at this time."

Residents are reminded that now is a good time to review your bushfire survival plan and ensure all family members are familiar with it.

If you do not have a bush fire survival plan, visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and follow the link to complete one.

For information on current incidents, visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and listen to local media for community safety messages and warnings.

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