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Fires warn of what's to come

FIREFIGHTERS have battled two grassfires in the region over the past couple days, ahead of what is tipped to be the state's worst bushfire season in memory.

Excess amounts of vegetation following the 2010 and 2011 floods have created an elevated fire risk across all of Queensland.

Rural Fire Brigades Association of Queensland president Mike Garrahy said despite the risk, firefighters were ready to tackle what was on its way.

"Historically, we have had some terrible things happen, but never before have we had to face the whole of the state on fire at the same time," he said.

"We have had a real improvement over the past couple of years in how volunteers protect the community and we are prepared for the season."

Mr Garrahy said brigades not only in Queensland, but also in neighbouring states were always willing to travel long distances to offer a helping hand.

"It would be an absolutely horrible situation if we were to run out of resources, but we are not alone in this," he said.

"The commitment of volunteers has been mind-blowing and they will take leave and travel 8000km away to help locals combat fires and protect their assets."

The bushfire season is expected to begin in around six weeks time.

For more information on how to prepare visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au

Topics:  bushfires, firefighting, fire season



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