Reduce fire fuel loads post Marcia, but watch weather - RFSQ

LANDOWNERS are urged to balance the need to reduce fuel loads with current fire conditions and regulations, as the clean-up continues for properties affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia,

Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) Central Region Manager Brian Smith said the cyclone had resulted in significant debris on many properties which needed to be managed well before bushfire season.

"Last month's Byfield fire shows just how much fuel load has accumulated in the areas affected by TC Marcia," he said.

"Landowners have been very proactive in disposing of this debris before it becomes an issue later in the year; however it is imperative these fires are managed correctly.

"Burn where necessary, but take into consideration the weather conditions, size of the fire, proximity to other potential fuel and make sure it is closely monitored."

Mr Smith said it was very important for landowners to obtain a permit if fires were bigger than two metres in any direction.

"The Permit to Light a Fire system ensures burns are conducted at an appropriate time of the year, are suitably managed and emergency services are notified," he said.

"Permits come with clear guidelines on when you can light the fire and what precautions need to be taken, including the provision of informing neighbours of planned burns.

"This reduces the likelihood of unnecessary calls to emergency services.

"What's more, we encourage landowners who wish to burn a large number of small piles of debris less than 2m x 2m to still contact the local fire warden before lighting, so this information can be passed to the Triple Zero (000) call centre to avoid unnecessary attendance by local brigades."

To locate your local Fire Warden access the Fire Warden Finder tool on the Rural Fire Service website or contact your local Area Office. Details are available at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au