Chance of bushfires in Gladstone region reaches record level
The potential for bushfires in our region this fire season is above normal, according to an outlook published this week by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.
Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said although the region was experiencing some rain fall, the outlook, which analysed grass fuel levels, underlying soil dryness and weather predictions, was a timely reminder forcommunity members to "ensure they are prepared for if a fire or other disaster strikes".
"In the event of a fire or severe weather, there is often little time to act, but many vital preparations can be completed now," said Councillor Burnett, who is also the Chair of the Gladstone Local Disaster Management Group.
"I urge residents living in or near bushland areas to take steps to safeguard their homes from bushfires and ensure they have an emergency evacuation plan," he said.
Cr Burnett said resources for preparing for fires and other emergencies were available from Gladstone Regional Council.
"Our guide to preparing for Natural Disasters and Emergencies Ready provides checklists to help residents plan ahead and be prepared for an emergency," he said.
Cr Burnett said the Ready guide and other important local information about disaster preparedness was available on Council's website www.gladstone.qld.gov.au/emergencies.
He also urged residents to familiarise themselves with the Rural Fire Services' online information at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au
"Their website contains the latest fire danger ratings and fire warnings as well as vital information about fire safety and preparedness," Cr Burnett said.