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Conditions fine for national park burns

5 June 2015

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Sunshine/Fraser Coast have taken advantage of the recent mild winter weather to complete a number of planned burns across national parks in the region.

Senior Ranger Sunshine Coast Omar Bakhach said the cool crisp nights and fine days have provided ideal conditions for crews to safely implement our annual planned burn program.

“After a few months of on-again, off-again wet weather, parks crews have welcomed this window of opportunity to get some high priority burns away and hope that the fine weather will continue for a few more weeks.

“The burns will help to reduce the threats of wildfire by reducing fuel loads in the landscape, and achieve important conservation outcomes.

“Burns have been completed from as far north as Gympie and Rainbow Beach down to Noosa, Glasshouse and Mapleton,” Mr Bakhach said.

Hundreds of hectares of burning has already been completed across the region with the help of some Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Urban and Rural crews.

Mr Bakhach praised parks crews assisted by QFES crews for recently completing an important property protection burn adjacent to the Marcus Beach community which had not been burned for nearly 26 years.

“Reducing the potential fire hazard in a planned manner during winter months is much safer than having to deal with a wildfire during extreme weather.

“While we are not always blessed with ideal conditions to get high priority burns completed, so far this season conditions have been kind to us, Mr Bakhach said.

QPWS has been keeping residents informed on pending burns via local radio and print media.

The public can also check for Park Alerts on the National Parks, Sport and Racing website www.npsr.qld.gov.au.

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5 June 2015