Grass fires spark safety warning in south-west Logan

TWO grass fires  have struck properties in quick succession within the south-west Logan region.

UNDER CONTROL: Seqwater ranger Scott Daniells conducting a controlled burn during the fire season. Photo: Seqwater

UNDER CONTROL: Seqwater ranger Scott Daniells conducting a controlled burn during the fire season. Photo: Seqwater

Jimboomba police Senior Sergeant Peter Waugh said a serious fire at Swan Road, Jimboomba on August 22 and a shed fire at Ison Road, Greenbank on September 4, showed people needed to be aware of fire regulations and precautions.

“We have had two fires in the area recently during total fire bans and they have gotten out of people’s control on their properties,” he said.

The Swan Road blaze promoted Queensland Fire and Emergency Services smoke inhalation warnings to residents in surrounding areas.

Jimboomba fire investigator Gail Steppens said there were simple measures people could adopt to reduce the risk of fire.

“We ask for people to maintain their yards...keep gutters cleared of leaves and try not to have too many tall dead trees close to the property,” she said.

“The other big thing is to make sure there is access for emergency vehicles...if we can’t get down to the property safely or quickly it makes it hard...if it is dangerous for us to enter we may not even go down.”

Ms Steppens said it was vital for people to be aware of fire warnings circulating through media and be mindful of fire regulations and restrictions available through Logan Council.

“Make sure you comply with the conditions otherwise penalties apply,” she said.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said eight waterbombing planes and helicopters would be based in Queensland under an 84-day contract to give firefighters the upper hand this bushfire season.

The aircrafts are based at Toowoomba and Bundaberg, but will be deployed to other areas in need of support.

“Positioning the fleet at these locations will ensure an aerial observation and waterbombing service is available to communities and personnel across the state,” Mr Crawford said.

QFES has identified suburbs in postcodes 4124, 4125, 4207, 4280 and 4285 as bushfire hotspots for residents.

Suburbs include Jimboomba, North Maclean, South Maclean, Stockleigh, Cedar Vale, Cedar Groce, Veresdale, Yarrabilba, Logan Village, Park Ridge, Munruben, Boronia Heights, New Beith and Greenbank.

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