Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is planning a fuel reduction burn in areas of the Picnic Point parkland on Toowoomba’s eastern escarpment in conjunction with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).
Council officers and QFES officers are scheduled to start a controlled burn from Monday (July 16) at Picnic Point, conditions permitting.
TRC Parks and Recreation Services portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said a final decision to burn will be made on the morning of the 16th July and if conditions are unfavourable the burn would be delayed until later in the week.
Cr Ramia said the controlled burn would be contained in Council property and was scheduled to take up to five days.
“Low rainfall in the past 12 months has meant vegetation is dry enough to burn and the low winter temperatures will result in cool burns, which are preferred to help protect the surrounding environment,” Cr Ramia said.
“It is important to seize the chance to conduct these cool burns to reduce fuel loads in the coming weeks to lower the risk of wildfires later in the warmer months.
“Council has notified landholders in the area immediately around the bushland park.
“Walking tracks such as the Firetail Walk, Fantail Walk and Pardalote Trail will be closed to the public and will be signed accordingly.
“Depending on the wind speed and direction, residents in surrounding areas are advised to be aware of smoke in the area, which could settle due to the cold conditions at night and early in the morning.
“People with respiratory or similar health conditions are advised to be aware of smoke in the coming days.
“Residents also should take necessary precautions to prevent smoke affecting washing and close windows where necessary.”
Cr Ramia said the scheduled burn program offered a timely reminder for all regional residents to plan ahead for the fire season.
“Residents should take the time to prepare their homes and properties well ahead of the fire season,” Cr Ramia said.
“I urge residents who live next to bushland or in rural areas to have a bushfire survival plan and practise it with their family.
“The fire season runs until at least November and can extend beyond this depending on the prevailing conditions.”
Enquiries can be directed to 131 872.