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Bushfires tipped to rage in overgrown Burnett

Eliza Rogers, Thursday August 8, 2013 - 10:38 EST
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A bad bushfire season is expected in the flood-affected Burnett region. - ABC

High vegetation growth from the January floods is predicted to create a big bushfire season in the Burnett region of southern Queensland this year.

Fire crews are expecting an average season overall, but predict "hot spots" in inland areas hit by floodwaters in January.

But Eidsvold cattle producer Anthony Coates says he hasn't been able to properly prepare for bushfires because a mild winter has kept the grass green and hard to burn.

"Traditionally or normally, I like to start doing controlled burns in July, starting to light up say after 3 o'clock in the afternoon, anticipating a cold, frosty or dewy night which will put that fire out, but I just haven't been able to do that this year."

And three Cessna aircraft will take off from the Bundaberg airport today and tomorrow as part of Queensland Fire and Rescue's Air Observer Training.

The eight volunteer rural firefighters on board will be trained up to help better prepare response capacity to the upcoming bushfire season.

Peter Hollier, from Fire and Rescue, explained why the training was so important.

"During summer, you have higher temperatures, lower humidity, stronger winds, but that's a part of the training ... to make sure they understand the risks ... and that they have planned for those.

"They get an experience for things they're going to encounter later in the year."


© ABC 2013

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