CQ towns put on high fire alert

THE Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents in Central Queensland to remain vigilant and prepare for possible grass fires with a very high fire danger rating issued for several areas this week.

A high to very high fire danger rating has been forecast this week for Longreach, Winton, Emerald, Clermont, Moranbah and Blackall in Central Queensland.

QFRS Central Region rural operations manager John Fisher emphasised there were a number of precautions people should take on days of heightened fire danger.

“It is vitally important that anyone planning to light a fire larger than two metres in any direction obtains a permit to do so,” Mr Fisher said.

“This way we are aware of where these fires are and can advise the permit holder if it is unsafe for them to be lighting up on any particular day.

“Permits can be obtained free of charge from your local fire warden and the contacts for all Queensland wardens can be found on our website.

“We are also asking people to ensure they are not throwing cigarette butts out of car windows and to be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas. One spark can result in a fire that can end up threatening properties and lives.”

More information about permits to light fires and on preparing for bushfire season can be found by visiting www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.



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