TESTING TIMES: Rural fire crews simulate grass fires during Exercise Valley Force conducted by Rural Fire Service Queensland.
TESTING TIMES: Rural fire crews simulate grass fires during Exercise Valley Force conducted by Rural Fire Service Queensland. Inga Williams

Hazard reduction burns help crews prep for bushfire season

IF YOU noticed smoke or a lot of emergency vehicles around Lockyer Valley this weekend, relax - it was a drill.

Hazard reduction burns were carried out in various locations across the region as the Rural Fire Service prepared for the upcoming bushfire danger period.

About 120 firefighters and 32 fire appliances were involved in the exercises which aimed to fine-tune crews' responses to large-scale events.

Brigades from Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Somerset regions carried out hazard reduction burns in up to 16ha of land to mimic a large-scale bushfire scenario.

RFSQ South Eastern Region Area training and support officer Kaye Healing said volunteer firefighters had been through a rigorous training process this year.

As a result she said the firefighters were ready to put their skills into action for a practical test before bushfire season began next month.

Hazard reduction burns are a vital component of the bushfire risk mitigation program which is put together after months of analysing fire weather conditions and planning.

The aim of these burns is to reduce the fuel load in preparation for bushfire season.

For bushfire updates and information visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au.



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