Seqwater has commenced its carefully planned program of prescribed burns to help mitigate the risk of wildfires and protect communities and the environment.
Each year, Seqwater’s Fire Management Program prioritises a series of prescribed burns across its land in South East Queensland, in preparation for wildfire season.
Seqwater Water Source Services Manager Robert Drury said the bulk water authority worked closely with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, rural fire brigades, specialist fire contractors and other agencies to facilitate and implement the burn program.
“As a State Government Statutory Authority and a large landholder in South East Queensland, Seqwater has a responsibility to practically address fire management in our dam catchments,” Mr Drury said.
“We are working to a 10-year planned burn schedule to reduce fuel hazard levels, where possible mitigate the risk of wildfires, and manage biodiversity to improve water quality.”
Seqwater completed 37 prescribed burns last year, across more than 2500 hectares of land.
“Each burn we carry out means we are better prepared for possible wildfire seasons,” Mr Drury said.
As well as wildfire mitigation, prescribed burns encourage natural regeneration of native vegetation and reduce water quality risks from the potential impacts of high intensity wildfires. Seqwater’s prescribed burn season generally runs from March until the end of August each year, dependant on conditions.
“The safety of the community, attending fire-trained staff and the environment is of primary importance in planning prescribed burns,” Mr Drury said.
“Seqwater carries out a range of pre-burn preparations to make sure the planned burn area is appropriately ready and meet objectives defined in the burn plan and under the QFES fire permit.
“If the conditions are not suitable, the burn is postponed until a more favourable time—this may be the following or a subsequent burn season.”
South East Queenslanders can access information about Seqwater’s planned burn schedule by following Seqwater on Twitter or Facebook, downloading the Seqwater app or visiting Seqwater’s website at www.seqwater.com.au/water-supply/catchments/fire-management.
Tips to reduce the effects of smoke
- Avoid hanging washing out to dry during the burn period
- Stay indoors
- Close windows and doors
- If you have a respiratory health condition, follow the advice of your health practitioner
- In case of an emergency call Triple Zero. (000)