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Australia: Preparations underway for ‘bushfire season’

Rural Fire Brigades are urging landholders to start preparing for the fire season.

Crews were kept busy when a grass fire at a Central Queensland property destroyed a shed and tractor last week.

Training support officer for the Barcaldine and Emerald area Alan Johnson says people need to put fire breaks in now, following the dry weather.

“Consider hazard reduction burns in the areas where they want to make a cool burns through… a portion of their properties.

“Clearing around structures, around in roof gutters, all those things in the lead up to the fire season which could be an interesting year in some of our areas. “

Mr Johnson says brigades are willing to assist property owners and communities in their preparations.

“What we need people to be doing is thinking about if a fire did start… what breaks or what preventative measures we can do to minimise the impact on the greater property,” he said.

“So breaks along fence lines or inside fence lines is one of the things they can do, some property owners do a little bit of strip burning… we just need to do whatever the plan’s for your property is to put them in place and ready for this year’s fire season.”

– Weatherzone/ABC


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