Word of warning delivered: be ready

THE Acting Inspector of QFRS Rural Operations has delivered a timely word of warning ahead of what could potentially be a busy fire season.

Acting Inspector Alan Johnson said Wednesday's wildfire near Glengallan Rd serves as an "early warning for people" ahead of the summer months.

"Property owners need to be prepared right now," Mr Johnson said.

"It is concerning that a lot of owners haven't done their preparations yet. Having the proper equipment ready and available will assist firefighters valuably in protecting your land. This needs to be done now as a matter of urgency.

"Remove all unnecessary grasses around structures, be vigilant."

He reminded residents all permits for fires had been suspended until midnight on Monday, October 10.

He said landholders should remain calm but prepared, with firefighting equipment maintained and "ready to go" on their property as of now.

"We are here to work with landholders, but the nature of the bush means many have to take some responsibility of their own," Mr Johnson said.

In the wake of Wednesday's blaze near Emerald, Mr Johnson also made a plea to those who need to use grinders or weld.

"We would ask that they have a second person with them to watch over things at all times," Mr Johnson said.

"And firefighting equipment should be right there, easily accessible and ready to go.

"Preferably it should be performed in a cleared area away from fuels or anything ignitable."

The message this summer against wildfires is Prepare, Act, Survive.

Mr Johnson urged landholders to complete their survival plans in readiness.

"If you notice a fire, ring triple zero," Mr Johnson said.

"And if you see any suspicious fires ring Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000."


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