Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is encouraging residents to spend time at home preparing for the upcoming bushfire season.
QFES Mount Isa Area Director Fiona Quirke said that while people were in lockdown now was the time to get a head start on being prepared for bushfire season.
Inspector Quirk said the bushfire season was starting earlier each year and depending on the weather could kick off as early as July.
"People on properties should start putting fire breaks in now," Inspector Quirke said.
"If you haven't got a bushfire plan, you should get one now from our website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au"
Inspector Quirke said it wasn't just people in the bush that needed to be prepared.
"People in town should make sure their gutters are clean and free of obstructions," she said.
"Remove leaf and litter from gutters, keep lawns short and trim any overhanging branches."
"Everyone needs to do their bit and if you have a plan you are much better off.
"You need to think about a fire, do I stay and defend or pack up the car and evacuate."
Inspector Quirke said last year was a big bushfire season and this year had the potential to be dangerous too.
"If people are adequately prepared, they can reduce the damage their property might sustain," she said.
"If anyone needs assistance contact their local RFDS Brigade or fire warden."
Inspector Quirke said in Mount Isa the riverbed was always a hot spot but they had plans to mitigate the risk and was working with Council to get it done before it becomes an issue.
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