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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Bushfire threat blankets Queensland in lead-up to 2018 season

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Monday, July 02, 2018

    Bushfire threat blankets Queensland in lead-up to 2018 season

    A run of dry conditions in parts of Queensland is propelling the state to a potentially active – and early - bushfire season, prompting calls for residents to act now to be ready.

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said today (Monday) dry conditions in known bushfire hotspots across the state, have increased the threat of fires starting and spreading.

    “In the south-east for example, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews have responded to several fast-running grass fires in recent weeks, including at Boonah, the Lockyer Valley and Beaudesert,” Mr Crawford said.

    “QFES has identified these areas, along with Ipswich and the Somerset regions, as a few of this season’s key areas of concern.

    “Other areas include the Sunshine Coast, Burnett, Gladstone, Townsville and central and western parts of the Cape.

    “Some of these areas are rapidly drying out due to lack of rainfall, increasing the risk of fires breaking out well ahead of bushfire season, which traditionally begins in August.

    “It is essential the community works with QFES and other local agencies now to identify areas of concern and remove potential threats.”

    Mr Crawford said QFES’ firefighting efforts had been bolstered ahead of the 2018 season through additional resources, including new appliances.

    “More than 100 new appliances have been delivered statewide to QFES – including about 60 to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) - under the Palaszczuk Government’s capital works program for 2017-18,” Mr Crawford said.

    “We will continue to build on this momentum, with $44.3 million committed in our record 2018-19 QFES Budget for the replacement and delivery of another 180 new urban and rural vehicles.

    “These additions to our fleet feature the latest technology and ensure our dedicated firefighters have the best equipment and vehicles to respond to bushfires and protect their communities.”  

    QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said firefighters were targeting bushfire-prone areas in the lead-up to the 2018 season.

    “Queensland has trended toward longer and more intense bushfire seasons in recent years, so firefighters are out in force now addressing potential hazards before they become a real threat,” Ms Carroll said.

    “QFES is working with landholders and partner agencies on a number of initiatives, including community education events and hazard reduction burns across the state.

    “It is essential we do this work now before conditions deteriorate and leave the state exposed to severe bushfires.”

    Ms Carroll said Queenslanders should be taking proactive measures now to protect themselves, their family and their homes during bushfire season.

    “Bushfire prevention is a community responsibility, so all Queenslanders need to do their bit,” she said.

    “That includes having a Bushfire Survival Plan, mowing the grass regularly, disposing of green waste and leaf litter, clearing gutters and removing flammable objects from the yard.

    “This will complement the work of firefighters on the ground and ensure we go into this bushfire season with the best chance of making it through unharmed.”

    Bushfire hotspots by QFES Region

    Far Northern

    Ravenshoe, Weipa, Cullen Point, Herberton

    Northern

    Townsville, Castle Hill, Mount Stuart, Mount Louisa, Black River, Bluewater, Roseneath

    Central

    Gladstone, Beecher, Mount Larcom, Calliope, Tannum Sands, Agnes Waters, Rockhampton, Mount Morgan, Longreach

    North Coast

    Benarkin, Wattle Camp, Wondai, Beerwah, Caloundra, Buderim, Coolum, Noosa, Tinnanbar, Poona, Maaroom, Oakhurst, Woodgate, Moore Park, Coonarr, Gin Gin

    Brisbane

    D’Aguilar Range, Kilcoy, Russell Island, North Stradbroke Island, South Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island

    South East

    Ipswich, Beaudesert, Lockyer Valley, Somerset

    South West

    Warwick, Stanthorpe

    QFES Media has stock footage of a hazard reduction burn available to provide to media outlets. Please email your request for this footage to media@qfes.qld.gov.au

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