Inspector Kent Mayne addresses media before massive hazard reduction burn in Noosa.
Inspector Kent Mayne addresses media before massive hazard reduction burn in Noosa.

Fireys prepare for massive hazard reduction burn

As firefighters prepare for a massive hazard burn throughout 200 hectares of Noosa bushland, residents are reminded we all have a part to play.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) are coordinating the large multi-agency hazard reduction burn, which will involve 204 hectares in the Castaways-Marcus Beach area.

Inspector Kent Mayne addresses media before massive hazard reduction burn.:
Inspector Kent Mayne addresses media before massive hazard reduction burn.:

In a media conference on Thursday July 2, Area Commander for Noosa Inspector Kent Mayne offered sound advice to all residents who live near bush to be prepared this fire season.

"Have your property and the surrounding area of the property clear, have your gutters clean and have things prepared," he said.

"A large part of the Queensland population lives near the bush," he said.

"If you live near the bush there is that risk of bushfire and everyone needs to plan for it."

The hazard burn comes almost a year after the community was devastated by bushfires.

Inspector Matt Inwood said the planned burn was a significant one on their calendar.

"This hazard reduction burn was one of the planned priority burns for the Noosa Shire," he said.

"We identify several burns to be done which we try to get completed during the non-bushfire danger period.

"It's about waiting for the right weather conditions to ensure that we are able to get out do that affectively."

After the devastation the region experienced with the last two fire seasons, Insp Inwood said it was everyone's responsibility to remain diligent.

"We'll do our bit in regard to the hazard reduction of the broad acre stuff, but People need to be prepared for the upcoming fire season," he said.

204 hectare area planned for hazard reduction burn in Castaways Beach and Marcus Beach.
204 hectare area planned for hazard reduction burn in Castaways Beach and Marcus Beach.