Seqwater Chief Operating Officer, Stuart Cassie, said the burn had been carefully planned to occur in late winter to take advantage of favourable conditions and weather forecasts.
“This will be one of the longest and largest planned burns to be carried out in South East Queensland this year, spanning across more than 500 hectares of land for a few days,” Mr Cassie said.
“We are planning to start the burn on Thursday 27th of August depending on weather conditions.
“It will be delivered in a multi-staged approach, with a sequence of scheduled ignition events; including ground and aerial ignitions, combined with monitoring and patrol work across private and public land.”
Mr Cassie said as a large landholder in South East Queensland, Seqwater had a duty to manage biodiversity and mitigate bushfire risk to Seqwater-owned land and neighbouring properties.
“Planned burns help reduce fuel loads, such as grasses and dense undergrowth, and reduces the risks of bushfires,” Mr Cassie said
“As well as wildfire mitigation, planned burns encourage natural regeneration of native vegetation and reduce water quality risks from the potential impacts of high intensity wildfires,”
In some parts of the burn area, there may be some residual smoke once the burn has been completed. However, Seqwater crews will continue to keep a close eye on the burn area.
Local residents with respiratory health conditions should always follow the advice of their health practitioner and, if applicable, carry reliever medication at all times during the burn period.
Seqwater will notify neighbours and motorists in the area of potential smoke impacts with increased signage and notifications before ignition.
All planned burns are conducted in accordance with a QFES burn permit, which outlines the ideal temperature, wind speed and direction, and humidity conditions to conduct the burn.
For more information on this burn or to access a map of the planned burn area, please see https://www.seqwater.com.au/project/planned-burns
Communities which can expect some smoke impacts:
- Lower Beechmont