EXHAUSTED: The rural fire brigade has already dealt with several fires in the Granite Belt in recent weeks.
EXHAUSTED: The rural fire brigade has already dealt with several fires in the Granite Belt in recent weeks. Contributed

Fire crews are already exhausted

ALTHOUGH bushfire season hasn't officially begun, the Rural Fire Brigade are already exhausted.

Acting Group Officer Ray Palmer said the lead up to the season has firefighters working around the clock.

"We've been doing a lot of control burns, we've had a lot of wild fires as well, mostly only small ones though there have been some substantial ones already,” Mr Palmer said.

"We have had a number of suspected arson fires which is adding to our workload and we don't need it.

"We're all volunteers, so it's difficult to go about our lives when the seasons as busy as it is.”

As of Monday August 20 there is a fire permit ban is in place for the Granite Belt, but Mr Palmer said residents can still do their bit by tidying up and making sure they have fire brakes in place.

He said many local brigades were looking for more volunteers.

"It'd be nice to have some firefighters who were active but now aren't to make contact with their brigades again.

"Because we're going to need help this coming season.”

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