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Bushfires are fueled by vegetation, unpredictable in nature and can quickly change direction with wind conditions. Any areas that are close enough to be affected by burning material, embers and smoke can be threatened by bushfires, potentially causing major damage to property, injury and loss of life.
While bushfires can be a risk at any time of year, the bushfire risk is higher for our region from August to November and sometimes through until March.
Active bushfires, alerts, fire danger ratings and information to help you prepare for fire season can all be found on the Get ready website.
During fire season, fire bans may be in place. No fires of any kind can be lit if there is a fire ban in place, subject to any exemptions by the Queensland Rural Fire Service. To find out if a fire ban is currently in place, and what activities are allowed under the fire ban, check the Rural Fire Service website.
It is your responsibility to be familiar with official bushfire warning levels and have a bushfire survival plan in place. When there is a bushfire in your area, seek information about the event, make decisions and act. A bushfire survival plan template can be downloaded from the Get ready website.
Follow the steps in our 'Preparing for emergencies' article to make sure you are always prepared for an emergency situation.
During a disaster we will provide information on our specifically designed website: http://disaster.tr.qld.gov.au.
Cleaning up your property can be a daunting task after a bushfire and it's important that you know how to do it safely. Please read the bushfire fact sheets provided by the Queensland Government for detailed information on cleaning up your property safely and looking after yourself, and your family's health.
We carry out a range of activities for bushfire mitigation:
Council also supports an annual coordinated agency operation called Operation Cool Burn, where a range of Government and Community based organisation work together to protect our community from the risk of bushfires. Working together with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), the initiative aims to spearhead mitigation activities across the state to reduce fire risk in bushfire-prone areas ahead of the season.
Preparations are typically made in the first half of each year with QFES for prescribed fuel reduction burns. Subject to appropriate weather conditions, prescribed burns are carried out in the middle of the year in advance of the fire season.
The upcoming or current plans for bushfire mitigation from us can be found in our Council's bushfire mitigation plans for the next season article.