Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is asking Brisbane residents to start planning for this year’s bushfire season as  hazard reduction burns start to get underway.

Brisbane City Council lit one of the first hazard reduction burns for the season over the weekend at Toohey Forest, Nathan.
Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) Brisbane Regional Manager Gary McCormack said the burn signals the start of ‘Operation Cool Burn’ and the bushfire mitigation season. 

“‘Operation Cool Burn’ will see QFES along with partner stakeholders the Department for Environment and Heritage Protection, Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing, local councils and landholders undertake mitigation activities across the State to reduce fire risk in bushfire-prone areas, ahead of the season,” he said.

“I urge every landholder to take this opportunity to get involved with ‘Operation Cool Burn’ for bushfire season by considering the need to reduce fuel loads on their land. 

Mr McCormack said there were several tactics landholders could employ to reduce fuel loads including slashing vegetation or burning it.

 “Often the most effective course of action is to burn it in a controlled fire. This is known as a hazard reduction burn or a controlled burn,” he said.

“Hazard reduction burns are a vital component of bushfire season preparations to keep the community safe. We can all do our part by reducing fuel load on our properties, one hazard reduction burn at a time. 

“Landholders who are wanting to do their part to reduce fuel loads on their property by conducting a hazard reduction burn should contact the Fire Warden in their area to obtain a free Permit to Light a Fire.”