Barry Brunke helps put out a bushfire at the Maryborough Showgrounds on Saturday. Photo: Robyne Cuerel / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Barry Brunke helps put out a bushfire at the Maryborough Showgrounds on Saturday. Photo: Robyne Cuerel / Fraser Coast Chronicle Robyne Cuerel

Bushfire season starts three months early on Fraser Coast

LOW rainfall and a hot Autumn has pushed bushfire season ahead of schedule by three months on the Fraser Coast.  

Rural fire fighters should be spending this time of year helping property owners prepare for the fire season to come, but have instead been fighting raging grass fires for the last week.

Last week, a grass fire near Duckinwilla burned more than 700 acres of land.  

Hervey Bay Rural Fire Brigade group officer Don Duffus said the early fires were a warning for a severe fire season to come.   "The bush is so dry now, meaning there is a lot of fuel," Mr Duffus said.  

"Calls this early are a real warning for fire fighters looking down the barrel of decent fire season."  

While the fires have arrived ahead of time, Mr Duffus said it was never too early for people to prepare their properties and homes for bushfires.  

"Property owners need to start doing fire prevention now; getting fire breaks in top shape and wide enough for trucks to get through, checking their dam levels and clearing vacant lots."  


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