DRY GROUNDS: The Rural Fire Brigade at work.
DRY GROUNDS: The Rural Fire Brigade at work. Contributed

Fire ban sparks reminder for residents to be fire vigilant

A HEATWAVE across the state this week has sparked a total fire ban for the Granite Belt.

However, Stanthorpe Rural Fire Brigade group officer Pedro Curr said it was a timely reminder for residents to be fire safe this summer.

He said the combination of dry grounds and hot weather were the perfect recipe to start a fire.

"It's mainly people not doing the right thing,” he said.

"It's people on tractors and slashers who aren't observing the weather conditions.

"They go out with the slashers and hit a rock which sparks a fire.”

He said a grass fire in Glen Aplin on Monday afternoon was started by someone slashing grass.

"(Residents have) got to look at the weather and see what the conditions are,” he said.

"Don't be slashing grass in the middle of the day when it's really hot. If they get a fire, it just goes off.”

Mr Curr is hopeful most people will abide by the conditions and it will be an easy summer for the rural fire brigade.

"(I'm) hoping for the rain, but if it keeps up like this it could be a busy fire season.”

There is a total fire ban for the Granite Belt region until midnight on Friday.

Stanthorpe Border Post

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