Fallen trees cause fire danger after Cyclone Marcia’s fury

HOT, clear days in the wake of Cyclone Marcia's fury have turned fallen trees and vegetation into a tinderbox.

Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig yesterday said several areas across the region hit hard by the cyclone had become a serious concern for authorities.

Byfield was identified as one of the high-risk areas, with plenty of dry plant debris to fuel any flames.

Other major hot spots included Cawarral, Mount Chalmers and The Caves.

The Byfield warning follows a fire in Woodbury that had to be contained by the local brigade after it was lit to burn off vegetation.

Cr Ludwig said it was lucky the fire didn't get out of control quickly, but warned others not to take the risk.

"The priority is to keep people safe and residents are urged to exercise common sense and contact their local fire warden who will advise on the correct fire procedures," he said.

"There is a potential for this to become a serious threat to life and property if people do not exercise extreme caution and follow the direction of their local wardens where there is a high fire load from fallen trees."

Cr Ludwig said Australian Defence Force engineers and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services personnel were clearing firebreaks around Livingstone Shire.

He said QFES had also worked with the Byfield warden to develop a co-ordinated management plan focused on restoring firebreaks, protecting property and the National Park.

Fire danger

Areas of concern



Mount Chalmers

The Caves