Challenging Times For Firefighters Across Queensland

Challenging Times For Firefighters Across Queensland

Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford

No Room For Complacency With More Than 110 Vegetation Fires Reported Overnight

Victor P Taffa

Firefighters are bracing for another challenging period over the coming days, with latest figures showing 114 vegetation fires were reported across the state overnight, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said today (Sunday).

Minister Crawford said that between 4 pm yesterday and 8 am today, there had been 46 vegetation fires and exposures recorded in the South Eastern Region.

Other Areas To Record Vegetation Fires Were As Follows:

  • North Coast Region recorded 21;
  • Northern Region recorded 15;
  • Brisbane Region recorded 12;
  • Central Region recorded 9;
  • Far Northern Region recorded 7;
  • South Western Region recorded 4.

“These were on top of the nearly 100 vegetation fires and exposures reported in Queensland yesterday (Saturday).” Minister Crawford said.

“Our hard-working Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) staff and volunteers are being kept busy, and the threat isn’t easing as unfavourable weather combines with a dry fuel-load to ignite fires across the state.”

“Fresh and gusty south to south easterly winds and dry conditions are producing Severe Fire Dangers over the Gulf Country, and Very High is most other areas.”

“There is no room for complacency. The current dry conditions mean even the smallest fire has the potential to spread quickly.” Minister Crawford said.

Local fire bans have been imposed in the following local government areas:

  • Ipswich,
  • Gold Coast,
  • Lockyer,
  • Logan,
  • Scenic Rim,
  • Somerset.

“I’m urging Queenslanders to monitor conditions and stay up-to-date with warnings.” Minister Crawford said.

“Machinery such as tractors, slashers, welders and grinders can start grass fires, so anyone undertaking work around their property needs to do so with extreme caution.”

“If you need to undertake these activities during dry conditions, you need to have appropriate resources to extinguish a fire if one starts.”

Minister Crawford urged people to report fires to Triple Zero (000).

“Sooner QFES can respond, the sooner crews can have the fire under control.” Minister Crawford said.

“It’s also vital people have a Bushfire Survival Plan, outlining what actions they will take to protect their family and property if a fire threatens.”