Rural firefighters say onlookers are risking harm from not only the bushfire itself but also fire trucks.
Rural firefighters say onlookers are risking harm from not only the bushfire itself but also fire trucks.

Bright sparks warned to keep distance from bushfire battles

BUSHFIRE season is expected to hang around for at least another month and firefighters are urging bystanders to keep their distance from those battling blazes.

A large grass fire ignited at the weekend when a dramatic storm brought intense lightning.

Rural Fire Warwick area group officer Alan Payne said the crowds that formed to watch such blazes were often a hindrance to the firefighters' important work.

"If there is a fire, we are trying to do our job and would rather onlookers stay well clear from where we are operating," he said.

Mr Payne said onlookers are risking harm from not only the fire itself but also the fire trucks, which are required to move fast throughout a fire site.

"It is human nature for people to come and have a look but fires are a dangerous situation and we don't want people hurt or run over by trucks," he said.

Of course, the weekend's storm was not all bad news, with large rainfalls recorded at some places helping to ease conditions.

"The rain we have had has certainly helped but it has been very patchy," Mr Payne said.

"Hopefully we will get some more rain to continue to help."

A permitted burn also got out of hand at the weekend and the experienced firefighter said these situations could happen, even when the landowner did everything right.

"The important thing to remember is if you do see a fire or you have a permit and things get out of control, to make sure you call 000 immediately," he said.

"If you have a permit and you have done everything right, you have nothing to fear of any repercussions."

For more on fire safety visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au.



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