Burning off for fire season
A BURN-OFF on Saturday afternoon in Glennie Heights was one of a number planned by the Massie Rural Fire Brigade.
Brigade fire officer John Davis said there were areas, especially around Hendon, with a high fire risk.
“We have two big burn-offs planned on the western side of Rosehill and two or three smaller ones in the Hendon area,” Mr Davis said.
“Controlled burns make the area safer.”
Ten hectares was burnt on Saturday on the northern side of Ogilvie Road opposite the golf course by firefighters from two rural fire units and two urban units from the Warwick Fire Station.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service station officer Dennis Burton said controlled burns were one of the ways to lessen the possible impact of fires.
“Indications are we could have a bad fire season; we had good summer rains and there is excessive fuel growth,” Mr Burton said.
“The burn-off on Saturday provides extra security to houses in the immediate vicinity.”
He said anyone doing hazard reduction burning of an area above two square metres required a permit.
“In the next few months, we will be holding public education meetings at the Warwick Fire Station.”