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25 August, 2021

Controlled burns for Mareeba

MAREEBA Shire Council has issued a reminder to residents that there will be numerous controlled burns being conducted across Mareeba in the coming weeks.

By Rhys Thomas

Areas of the Mareeba township will be undergoing regular controlled burns in coming weeks.

MAREEBA Shire Council has issued a reminder to residents that there will be numerous controlled burns being conducted across Mareeba in the coming weeks.

Granite Creek, Zenel Road and the Barron River near the end of Kearney St and Couper Street have been identified as the upcoming sites for burns. 

The timing for the burns is weather dependent to reduce the risk of the fires expanding beyond what was intended. 

MSC Mayor Angela Toppin said that the burns are done at the most appropriate time of year before the hot weather arrives.

“Fuel reduction burns form a major component of Council's fire management strategy,” she said. 

“The burns are conducted at the most appropriate time of the year when the vegetation is in a condition to be burnt. 

“Getting the burns done before the hot weather arrives is important to reduce risk, we encourage all landowners to begin their preparations as early as possible.” 

The burns are to be carried out in collaboration with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. 

“Between them, these two State Government departments can supply crew, vehicles and appliances.”

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