Don McGowan and Anthony Newman property owners in the Condamine Gorge with Killarney Rural Fire Brigade member Simon Bolitho at the Prepare, Act, Survive Information Evening last Friday.
Don McGowan and Anthony Newman property owners in the Condamine Gorge with Killarney Rural Fire Brigade member Simon Bolitho at the Prepare, Act, Survive Information Evening last Friday. John Towells

Killarney community prepares for bushfire season

BUSHFIRES are a real risk to the region in the upcoming season and the Killarney community has taken steps to prepare.

The scenic gem of the Southern Downs was the venue for an information night last week to help the community become aware of the potential for fire damage.

The night, presented by Queensland Rural Fire Service's bushfire safety officer Paul Storrs, focused on the measures people can take to make their property safer from the threat of fire.

The presentation included film clips from some serious fires, including the one that caused so much damage to Canberra and the Black Friday fires.

The most important information to come out of the night was that preparedness before the fire event was paramount to survival.

Condamine Gorge property owner Louise Brosnan with Inspector/ Manager Bush Fire Safety Officer Paul Storrs at the Prepare, Act, Survive information evening at Killarney last Friday.
Condamine Gorge property owner Louise Brosnan with Inspector/ Manager Bush Fire Safety Officer Paul Storrs at the Prepare, Act, Survive information evening at Killarney last Friday. John Towells

Attendees were informed about how to prepare, with the knowledge that fires have been known to start up to 14kms from the actual fire front.

The fact was a sobering thought, considering the number of fires that start that distance from Killarney.

Killarney Rural Fire Brigade first officer Bruce Gustafson asked people to reflect on how well their house or property would fare in a serious fire.

"Have you even thought of it, or are you like the many I come across when the fire has started who have no plan for the unexpected?," he asked.

For further information on staying fire safe visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au



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