Bushfire season is on the way
Experts are warning of an extended bushfire season for Queensland starting in September, potentially one of the worst in five years.
75.7 per cent of Queensland is currently drought-declared, including most of the south-east corner and Brisbane City. These dry conditions, combined with the predicted formation of an El Nino weather pattern bringing drier than usual conditions for the rest of the year, form the ideal climate for bushfires.
Bushfire season in Queensland usually starts in September and runs until December, however with the dry conditions currently being experienced, this season could last until March next year.
Rural Fire Service Queensland warns that every Queenslander should be aware of the threat of bushfires, not only those living in the bush. Embers and other burning material can travel long distances from the actual fire (sometimes up to 20 kilometres), putting many more people and properties at risk.
What else can you do to prepare?
- Clear roof gutters of leaves and twigs.
- Mow grass regularly and remove excess foliage including dry grass and leaves, fallen branches and other combustible materials.
- Be aware of and understand bushfire warning alerts and fire danger ratings.
- Exercise extreme caution if lighting campfires and barbecues.
- Ensure your first aid and emergency kits are well stocked and up to date.
- Create a Bushfire Survival Plan and take the Disaster Readiness Index to find out how prepared you are for disasters such as bushfires.
Watch the following video to learn more about bushfire safety and preparedness.