TAKE CARE: The Granite Belt is under a very high fire danger rating from tomorrow.
TAKE CARE: The Granite Belt is under a very high fire danger rating from tomorrow. Liana Turner

Very high fire danger for region

THE Granite Belt and wider Darling Downs will be under a very high fire danger rating until at least Saturday.

Stanthorpe RFS group captain Roni Bau urged residents to take care.

Mr Bau said anyone lighting up should do so in a safe area and with a permit if the fire exceeded 2m.

He said residents should also ensure they had the right skills to monitor their own fire and avoid the blaze getting out of control.

"Fires that can't be controlled are not to be lit," Mr Bau said.

"Be very careful at this time of year. Just one ember could start a major fire."

Mr Bau said one resident was already in the bad books after an illegally-lit fire at Sugarloaf.

He said the landholder had not obtained a permit to burn a large pile of logs.

He urged others not to follow suit as many of the region's volunteer firies were busy with the Granite Belt's harvest season.

Mr Bau said people were always required to phone Firecom on 1800 658 219 before lighting up, even if they had a permit.

All residents, even those who don't plan to light a fire, should be aware of a heightened risk of bushfire and are reminded to prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan.

For more information on fire safety and updates on the fire danger ratings, visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

Stanthorpe Border Post


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