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Bunya Mountains beauty. Eleisha Barbeler

Plan to make Bunya Mountains safer this fire season

THE Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is planning to minimise bushfire risks at the Bunya Mountains National Park with controlled burns throughout the season.

A QPWS spokesperson said the Bunya Mountains was at low risk but would still be regularly maintained.

"Rainforest and vine-thicket forest types make up a large percentage of the Bunya Mountains National Park's 19,545 hectares. Those vegetation types usually will naturally exclude low and medium intensity fires due to a range of factors, including the moisture content of fuel and a lack of flammable species such as eucalypts," she said.

"While the margins of these forests can be damaged by fire, this is minimised by doing planned burns in surrounding open eucalypt woodlands and forests."

QPWS will work with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service in these events.

"While there is some risk of fire entering the Bunya Mountains National Park from outside and burning up to vine thicket and rainforest communities, QPWS minimises this risk by carrying out planned burns, grading and dozing fire breaks, and working with our neighbours, stakeholders and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said these burns were part of rainforest maintenance.

"QPWS rangers carry out burning for a variety of reasons, including for hazard reduction, environmental purposes and weed reduction. Burns are carried out in conditions that will best meet the outcome desired for the burn," she said.

The spokesperson said there were other important risks for visitors to be aware of.

"Summer often brings an increased risk of ticks, which seem more active in the wetter periods of the year. Storms and floods are also a concern during summer," the spokesperson said.

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