Rural Firies kick start Operation Cool Burn at Kooralbyn

COOL BURN: Rural firefighters Ryan Drummond, Christie Webster and Mitchel Draper supervising a hazard reduction burn at Kooralbyn. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
COOL BURN: Rural firefighters Ryan Drummond, Christie Webster and Mitchel Draper supervising a hazard reduction burn at Kooralbyn. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

RURAL Fire Brigade crews from Chambers Flat and Woodhill were in Kooralbyn at the weekend conducting hazard reduction burns.

This comes after the launch of Operation Cool Burn last week, encouraging land owners to start preparing for bush fire season sooner rather than later.

Woodhill's second officer Tom Tait said his crew were in town Saturday to help conduct four separate burns in response to a request from the Kooralbyn fire chief.

"Sometimes when a fire permit is requested, the local fire warden asks us to come out to do the job," he said.

Mr Tait said the four burns were at sites considered too big to be conducted by the landholders and advised that it was safer and smarter to apply for a permit to burn, even on small areas.

"Often people don't realise that if they get a fire permit, which only costs a phone call, they will not be held responsible if the fire escapes," he said.

He said people who conducted small burns that got out of control would be  liable for any damage caused by the fires unless they had a fire permit.

The Chambers Flat Rural firies were also at Kooralbyn on Saturday.

The Chambers Flat Rural firies were also at Kooralbyn on Saturday.

At the Operation Cool Burn launch, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford and QFES commissioner Katarina Carroll attended mitigation activities undertaken by the Brookfield Rural Fire Brigade, which demonstrated the importance of preparation ahead of this year's bushfire season.

"Bushfire mitigation helps reduce the potential impact of significant blazes during bushfire season and its importance can't be underestimated," Mr Crawford said.

"Recent rainfall has certainly eased the dry conditions around some parts of the state and may give QFES and its land management agency partners the chance to undertake hazard reduction burns in the coming months.

"However, reducing bushfire risk needs to be a partnership with the public - it's essential you limit fire risk on your property.

"Bushfires don't discriminate, they don't know property boundaries."