BUSHFIRES are getting more intense, more frequent for a longer season. This is according to Rural Fire Service regional manager Superintendent Alan Gillespie after he warned property owners to be ready for bushfire season.
With August and September usually the driest months in south-east Queensland, Superintendent Gillespie said bushfire preparedness, particularly in the Boonah and Beaudesert areas was vital.
"The rain we had in January meant we saw huge bodies of grass develop, but with minimal cattle to eat it down after the drought, that grass is becoming a significant fire risk," he said.
Superintendent Gillespie said Scenic Rim had big land owners, and now was the time to look to firebreaks.
"Slashed or ploughed breaks are the bread and butter of bushfire control for property owners and are the first line of defence for firefighters, should a fire occur.
"Even on smaller acreage blocks, a good firebreak around the property perimeter is a great start to your bushfire season preparedness," he said.
He urged land owners to make sure their firebreaks were in good order and the storms had not compromised them.
"Go to your neighbour and introduce yourself, get advice and discuss how to approach the land. Make connections as someone will know the lay of the land. Look at fire equipment and get it serviced," he said.
Superintendent Gillespie encouraged residents to reach out to their local Rural Fire Service brigade if they needed assistance as different terrain needed different firebreaks.
Maintaining a bushfire survival plan was a great way to be prepared and could be completed by visiting the Rural Fire Service website.
Scenic Rim Command contact numbers:
Beaudesert Fire Station - 07 5541 1933/ 07 5541 1365
Boonah Fire Station - 07 5541 4576
Canungra Fire Station - 07 5541 4576
Harrisville Fire Station - 07 5541 4576
Kalbar Fire Station - 07 5541 4576
Kooralbyn Fire Station - 07 5541 4576
Mount Tamborine Fire Station - 07 5541 4576
Rathdowney Fire Station - 07 5541 4576