A firefighter works to protect a home during bushfires that raged at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
A firefighter works to protect a home during bushfires that raged at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

No let up on fire threat as dry weather intensifies

NOOSA residents will be on high fire alert for the next month if forecasts of hot, dry conditions eventuate.

“In the wake of the recent bushfire events we have had extensive discussions with Bureau of Meteorology about the short-term forecast for the region and unfortunately it’s not good,” Noosa Council’s local disaster co-ordinator Carl Billingham said.

“Unprecedented hot and dry conditions are forecast for the next month with nil rainfall, making for extremely hazardous conditions.

“We’re asking residents not to be complacent as the risk of bushfire is very real.”

Mr Billingham said fire bans needed to be heeded and warned drivers or passengers to never throw cigarette butts from car windows.

“Not only is this dangerous, it’s illegal, and carries fines in excess of $5222.

“The likelihood of bushfires remains high so we all need be vigilant and make sure we are all bushfire-ready,” Mr Billingham said.

He said developing a bushfire survival plan and organising go-bags with essential items such as identification documents, prescription medication and clothes was highly recommended.

Residents are advised to ensure gutters are cleaned and overgrown vegetation cleared and placed in green waste bins provided by the council.

For information on how to be fire-ready visit the Rural Fire Service Queensland website.



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