Dry conditions a concern for bushfire season

Due to the dry weather the south east is experiencing, conditions are rapidly deteriorating.

"Due to the dry conditions, the window to prepare properties for bushfire season is quickly decreasing.

'Operation Cool Burn' is designed to do just that. Together with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), the initiative aims to spearhead mitigation activities across the state to reduce fire risk in bushfire-prone areas ahead of the season.

"You can reduce fuel loading by slashing or mowing paddocks, grazing animals, creating fire breaks or just clearing vegetation from around the home and other structures," she said.

The Permit to Light a Fire system ensures burns are conducted at an appropriate time of the year, are suitably managed and emergency services are notified. Permits come with clear guidelines on when you can light the fire and what precautions need to be taken, including the provision of informing neighbours of planned burns.