Preparations weren’t enough according to region fire chief
GLADSTONE'S regional fire chief says preparations for the fire season weren't thorough enough, as rural firefighters stay on alert.
As part of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services' Operation Cool Burn from May to the end of August, 235 hazard reduction burns were permitted to take place in the central region while almost 26,000 hectares of land was burnt.
As fires have raged out of control throughout Miriam Vale, Benaraby, Boyne Island, Baralaba, Thangool and Mt Larcom this season, Rural Fire Service Queensland central region Superintendent Brian Smith said there was still more attention needed for hazard reduction in the Gladstone area.
"There were areas that we wanted to target, and that were not addressed within the strategic period," he said.
"That will have to be a priority for next season's hazard reduction burning."
In Queensland the responsibility for hazard mitigation rests with private landowners, commercial and government property owners or occupiers.