Our most fire-prone regions identified
"Preparation is the key to survival.”
This is the message from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Rural Fire Service Director Tony Johnstone ahead of what is anticipated to be a nightmare of a bushfire season.
It may be winter, but the south-west has been identified as the state's worst spots for bushfires because of the perpetually dry conditions.
The Rural Fire Brigade tended to 340 landscape fire last season, making the Darling Downs the second most bushfire prone region in Queensland.
"Last year we experienced major bushfires in many parts of the region including Wallangarra, Ballandean, Karara and in the Arcadia Valley area,” Mr Johnstone said.
"Warwick and Stanthorpe are particular areas of concern for us again this year due to tinder dry conditions.”
Mr Johnstone said residents had a small "window of opportunity” to brace themselves for fire season, urging them to revise their fire safety plans and remove potential fire hazards from their homes, particularly on roofs and in gutters.
"We're experiencing unfavourable fire conditions due to little rainfall and dry landscape across much of south-west Queensland,” Mr Johnstone said.
"The risk is very real and I urge residents to make sure they are ready for bushfire season, as the window of opportunity for preparation is about to close.”