Redland City Council to do hazard reduction burns on Macleay Island

PLANNED: Hazard reduction burns will be carried out on Macleay Island this week. Photo: Seqwater
PLANNED: Hazard reduction burns will be carried out on Macleay Island this week. Photo: Seqwater

UPDATE 1.45pm

REDLAND City Council and the Macleay Island Rural Fire Brigade has changed the location where planned burns are to be carried out, according to a council spokesperson.

"Weather conditions have made it difficult to establish fires in the two locations that were to be burned today," a spokesperson said.

Crews have moved to 16-18 Benowa Street where they will attempt a planned burn on Tuesday.

Burning will be attempted later in the week at Cow Bay Conservation Area, 77-95 Beelong Street and 15-25 Kardinia Street.

EARLIER

HAZARD reduction burns will be carried out on Macleay Island until Friday.

A council spokesperson said the planned burns would take place at six Macleay Island locations from Tuesday, June 11 until Friday, June 14.

"These planned burns are necessary to reduce the volume of forest litter fuel which will assist with hazard reduction and provide conditions essential for native regeneration," the spokesperson said.

Redland City Council and the Macleay Island Rural Fire Brigade will undertake the burns.

Burns would be carried out at Cow Bay Conservation Area, 77-95 Beelong Street and 15-25 Kardinia Street on Tuesday.

"Winds are forecast from the south-west direction in the morning, so smoke may affect areas to the north-east of these burn sites," the spokesperson said.

Other locations where burns would be carried out, weather permitting, later in the week are 1-25 Balaka Street, 16-18 Benowa Street, 14 Kestrel Street and 28-34 Southsea Terrace.

"Preparation of the sites is being undertaken in the leading up to the burns, including clearing around significant logs and trees," the spokesperson said.

"Crews will be staying on the island throughout the period to mop-up after each burn and ensure the sites are completely extinguished.

"Traffic management plans will be in place for each site along with traffic control."

The spokesperson said attempts will be made to limit smoke hazards.

Queensland Health provides the following tips to stay safe in smoky conditions:

  • Avoid physical activity outdoors.
  • If you have a heart or lung condition, rest and follow your treatment plan.
  • People with asthma should keep their medication close and follow treatment plans.
  • Stay indoors and keep windows closed.

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