- Wednesday 02 July 2014
Sunshine Coast’s fire management crews are planning for the next fire season and tomorrow (July 3), will carry out a prescribed burn in the Mountain Creek Conservation Area.
Local Disaster Group Chair Mark Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services would also set up an incident control centre as a joint training exercise.
“About 1.5ha will be burnt during the exercise, which will start at about 10am and be completed by about 3pm,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“With the small size of the burn and forecast light SW-SE winds, smoke is not expected to cause any significant issues to adjacent residents.
“The prescribed burn is one of a series that will take place ahead of the peak bushfire period.
“While many of us associate bushfires with the summer months, the most common timeframe for bushfires to occur locally is from late September to November.
“As bushland dries out during the winter months it creates a lot of potential fuel for bushfires so council undertakes these prescribed burns in areas most at risk to reduce the volume of forest fuels."
Mayor Jamieson said council’s prescribed burns would continue during July and August if weather conditions remained suitable.
Permits to carry out these prescribed burns have been issued by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
Council undertakes prescribed burns as part of its Bushland Reserve Network Fire Management Guidelines.
These guidelines were developed in consultation with key stakeholders such as Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services.
Council commits about $230,000 per year towards fire management measures such as hazard reduction burns and to establish and maintain fire trails.