- Tuesday 11 August 2015
Sunshine Coast Council is reassuring residents a planned burn at Racecourse Road Reserve, Meridan Plains is under control and burning within containment lines.
Council Infrastructure Services Director Andrew Ryan said a slight wind change from the forecast north-west to north-north-east direction earlier this afternoon pushed smoke and some embers south-west of the burn site.
“The fire did flare up with the unforecast wind change, however, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, in conjunction with council, quickly had the incident under control,” Mr Ryan said.
“That’s due to an effective working relationship between QFES and council, made possible because of experience working side-by-side, much consultation and joint training exercises.
“These factors, combined, provided a quick and effective joint response, based on a common understanding of incident control procedures and practices.
“Conditions have eased and fire crews are expected to bring the planned burn to a conclusion by early evening.”
Mr Ryan said smoke was affecting the industrial area around Racecourse Road, however was not expected to impact on Caloundra township.
“Motorists are reminded to drive to conditions if smoke causes unexpected visibility issues,” he said.
The burn will help reduce the amount of forest fuels on the ground and the intensity of any subsequent bushfires.
It will also provide favourable conditions for natural forest regeneration.