Queensland has recently faced some of the most horrific bushfires ever recorded due to dry and windy conditions.
Here are a few safety tips from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services when it comes to camping during bushfire season.
No Fires of Any Kind
During times of complete fire ban, ALL fires are prohibited–even the contained kind.
Positioning of your Vehicles and Site
Pick a clear campsite, away from long grass or any other flammable materials.
Always be mindful of how you position your vehicles at your campsite. If you park somewhere that will require an 8-point turn to get out, you’re not going to be able to move quickly should you need to.
Always Follow Authority Advice
If QFES or the Park Ranger has asked you to Watch and Act, it’s safest to get up and leave immediately. Do not think you can take matters into your own hands.
Keep Set-up Minimal
Consider how long it takes to pack and unpack your camp. If it’s taken you an hour to set up, and you can see fire coming or you’ve been advised to leave immediately, you might have to make the hard call to leave your gear behind to make sure that you and your family are safe.
Keep Up to Date
You can stay up to date with the latest bushfire events and warnings in your area by following QFES online. A very important tip: ALWAYS follow advice given by authorities. If they tell you to leave an area, leave an area–even if it looks to you as though there’s no immediate threat.