Preparation under way
FIRE brigades are back-burning in preparation for bushfire season in the region.
In the Banana Shire, the Thangool Rural Fire Brigade has been busy covering the areas of Biloela and Thangool to minimise bushfire damage this season.
Thangool Rural Fire Brigade First Officer Donald Baldwin said his brigade covered an extensive area throughout Biloela and Thangool to make sure they weren't caught by surprise when called to action.
"In Thangool we have an area from here at the fire station in Stanley Street on the highway back out to Cox Millards Road and an area from the town of Thangool back towards Biloela to Mullers Road and Hinton Lane,” Mr Baldwin said.
"In town itself we go into the Nine Mile Gully and clean that up because it runs back down into Hinton Lane where there's units.
"The reason why we like doing it is while we've got people here, we've got a good chance of saving everything.
"Instead of being called in where it's too late.”
Following previously intense bushfire seasons in the Banana Shire, Mr Baldwin and his crew are taking no chances.
"This time, with the Nine Mile Gully especially, we went right through from the gully to Parker's Lane,” Mr Baldwin said. "From doing a drive around 12 months ago and talking to different farmers they wanted us to look at back burning this area and that.
"With that walk-around people actually called in when we were at Biloela fire station and asked about different areas in Biloela that we could do.”
"Everything is done right down the finest line of workplace health and safety,” Mr Baldwin said.
"When we're doing something like this an officer is able to go out and check the site we are burning for underground phone cables and power-lines.”
If people want to have their area checked ahead of bushfire season, they should go to the QFES website.