"We'll ... start to see fires by the end of this month.”
BANANA shire residents are urged to begin preparing their properties after Queensland's bushfire season officially began yesterday.
Following last year's catastrophic and unprecedented bushfire season, residents across the Gladstone and Banana Shire are urged to start preparations.
Gladstone Area Director of the Rural Fire Service Craig Magic said the Banana region had historically been a high-risk area for bushfires.
"We are traditionally a high bushfire prone area in Central Queensland," Mr Magic said.
"We do see a lot of fires across the Banana and Gladstone shires.
"Typically our season starts on August 1 and we'll run right through to Christmas time if we don't receive any rain."
Mr Magic said rural property owners needed to be actively preparing now to stop the spread of bushfires.
"As we move into bushfire season we are asking property owners to review their bushfire survival plan," Mr Magic said.
"For those people on large land holdings and properties, they should make sure their breaks are established ahead of the fire season.
"Clean up around dwellings, dry vegetation around buildings and gutters that will assist in not spreading the fire."
Mr Magic said the region could be battling bushfires by as early as this month.
"We've been seeing very little rain moving into the cooler months and what it's looking like coming into the fire season is a long extended dry period," Mr Magic said.
"We'll probably start to see fires by the end of this month."
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said the QFES was ready to fight this season's blazes.
"After last year's season, QFES is equipped to deal with more major bushfires and our highly-skilled firefighters are ready to respond," Minister Crawford said.
Go to ruralfire.qld.gov.au to find out how to prepare your property for bushfire season.