Central Queenslanders are being asked to get on the front foot and prepare their properties before bushfire season.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Central Region Assistant Commissioner Darryl King said people should take advantage of current favourable conditions, as well as any extra time they have at home due to COVID-19, to prepare themselves.

“Many residents in our region have witnessed the destructive nature of bushfires over the past couple of seasons in particular and understand how important planning and preparation are to us all staying safe,” Mr King said.

“The trend in Queensland over recent times has been for bushfire seasons to start earlier than what we would traditionally have expected and to go on for longer.

“This has meant the window to prepare has not been open long, which is why people need to make the time they have available count.”

Mr King said firefighters had been working with major landholders and partner agencies over recent months to ensure high-risk areas were identified and mitigation efforts could be carried out.

“We will continue to work with landholders and land management agencies over the coming period to ensure bushfire hazard reduction activities are on track and continue for as long as conditions are favourable,” he said.

“I ask locals to follow our lead, clean up around their homes and do what they can on their properties now while the weather is on our side.

"This includes completing a Bushfire Survival Plan that clearly outlines what actions will be taken in the event of an emergency.”

Central Region Rural Fire Service (RFS) Regional Manager Brian Smith said landholders were responsible for managing bushfire risk on their properties.

“We provide advice and assistance if and as required but individuals need to be proactive in taking responsibility for fire fuel on their land to ensure that their property is prepared,” Mr Smith said.

“This includes identifying risks and taking steps to mitigate them, constructing and maintaining fire breaks and not having timber stacks or similar debris around.” 

Mr Smith said those wanting to conduct hazard reduction burns needed permits before they lit up. 

“How the system works is people contact their local fire wardens for advice and to apply for a permit before carrying out a hazard reduction burn,” he said.

“Landholders need a Permit to Light Fire for burns larger than two metres in any direction.

“Those wanting to burn need to make themselves aware of any local laws that may apply in their areas and ensure they abide by those.

“If in doubt, contact your local fire warden and get their advice.”

Visit https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/ for information on preparing for bushfires or to find your local fire warden.