The upcoming ninth anniversary of the most devastating bushfires in Australian history, the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, serve a timely reminder about bushfire preparedness across the country.
Central Highlands Regional Council is reminding residents of how important it is to understand the fire risks in their area and knowing what to do if a fire starts.
Coordinator Emergency Services Glenn Bell said while fire danger ratings in the region currently aren’t severe, it isn’t the time to be complacent as conditions could change quickly and vary locally.
‘Factors, such as building materials, vegetation and localised rainfall can greatly affect the vulnerability of a home to bushfires and being prepared is the key to being safe,’ Mr Bell said.
‘This is true for you, your family and your home, but it’s important to remember that the main priority should always be the safety of you and your family.
‘The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Bushfire Survival Plan is a good tool to prepare a plan of action should a bushfire threat occur.’
There are no current fire restrictions in Queensland, according to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, but council has a local law prohibiting the lighting or maintaining of certain fires. Written permission can be made through the local fire warden.
Residents that require further information or clarification should contact the Emerald Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Office on (07) 4983 7580 or council on 1300 242 686 or our fire safety webpage.
For further information on a Bushfire Survival Plan visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au