Burn off at fatality site this weekend
TEN rural fire brigade crews will perform hazard- reduction burns on Sunday at a site which claimed a woman's life and six houses in 2002.
For the first time since the 2002 tragedy, crews will burn-off 17 hectares between Fletcher Rd and the Fletcher railway station, at Ballandean, from 1pm in a bid to reduce fuel in the area.
Bushfire safety officer for the south-west region Michael Welsh said the burn-off would double as a training exercise for the rural fire brigade volunteers who had done an excellent job so far this bushfire season.
"We're just honing in their skills and giving people a chance to get into management of fires,” he said.
The burn is one of three planned for the area in the course of two years, performed in sections to allow wildlife to move out of the area.
Mr Welsh said this was the best time of year for people to prepare properties for bushfire season.
"If you've got the ability to do a hazard reduction burn talk to a local fire warden,” he said.
To find out who your warden is visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au.