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Posted on: 4 September, 2019

Community encouraged to be aware of fire danger in Livingstone

With a number of fires burning within Livingstone Shire this week, Council is urging the community to remain vigilant as our region experiences increased fire danger.

Deputy Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) Cr Nigel Hutton said the Local Disaster Management Group is working very closely with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service in prevention, preparation, response and recovery from fires and other natural events which affect our community.

“The current conditions highlight the need for all of us to be vigilant,” Cr Hutton said.

“It’s important for residents and property owners to remain cautious and observant of these conditions when carrying out yard works using machinery or lawn mowers, in an effort to manage their fire risks.”

Rural Fire Service (RFS) Regional Manager Brian Smith said information from the Bureau of Meteorology tells us that our region can expect to experience another couple of months of dry conditions with increased minimum and maximum temperatures, which will result in increased fire danger.

“We’re now in bushfire season and are well prepared for another busy year,” Mr Smith said.

“Fortunately, there still are some areas where hazard reduction burns can be safely carried out and we’re encouraging people to take advantage of this opportunity and continue making an effort to manage fire risks on their properties.

“Anyone interested in obtaining a permit should contact their Local Fire Warden. Their details can be found on the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website or through their local RFS office.”

Cr Hutton said Council is encouraging residents and property owners to continue to make preparations for bushfire season by removing vegetation and keeping their lawns well mowed around their properties.

“Residents can also take note of the fire danger warnings and ratings within their area via Council’s online Emergency Management Dashboard or the Rural Fire Service website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au,” Cr Hutton said.

For more information on fires in your local area, stay up to date through local social media channels, local radio stations and Council’s Emergency Management Dashboard at http://disaster.livingstone.qld.gov.au/

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