Blazing a trail to bushfire prevention
  • Wednesday 13 July 2011

During winter Sunshine Coast Council’s Environmental Operations unit undertake around 10 planned and targeted burns in local bushland reserves.

These include hazard reduction burns to reduce fuel loads and protect the community as well as ecological burns designed to deliver the fire regimes that our native vegetation are adapted to.

Division 10 Councillor Paul Tatton said as a component of the fire management program for the Sunshine Coast Council, an area of Koala Park had been identified as requiring a prescribed burn.

"The aim of this burn is to reduce the volume of forest fuels and to create a mosaic pattern of burnt and unburnt areas within the park," he said.

"This will help reduce the intensity of any subsequent wildfires and provide favourable conditions for natural forest regeneration."

Suitable weather conditions such as moisture, humidity and wind speed and direction will dictate an appropriate day and time for the burn to take place. The exercise in Koala Park will take place on the first suitable day of the following date alternatives:

  • Monday the 11th July – Friday the 15th July 2011.
  • Monday the 18th July – Friday the 22nd July 2011.
  • Monday the 25th July – Friday the 29th July 2011.
  • Monday the 1st August – Friday the 5th August 2011.
  • Monday the 8th August – Friday the 12th August 2011.

The prescribed burn will encompass approximately three hectares of the reserve. Each burn is planned to commence at approximately 2pm on the first of those available days nominated above and is expected to be completed by 8pm.

The burns will be undertaken by Officers from Sunshine Coast Regional Council. During the burn access to the reserve will be restricted. Prior to burning a permit to light the fire will be issued by the local fire warden.

Residents can confirm burn dates and times with Council by contacting Council’s Bushfire Management Officer, Michael Reif on 5475 7317.