August 7, 2020
Noticed the smoke around this week? That’s because there’s been a lot of permitted burns happening around the South Burnett.
But Ergon Energy is urging property owners to take extra care if they’re conducting burns near the electricity network.
Spokesman Brian Dingle said Ergon had suffered significant damage right across regional Queensland during the past two fire seasons..
“Fires in Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Bundaberg, the Sunshine Coast, South Western Queensland and around Toowoomba all impacted our customers and the poles and wires that supply them with power – some for up to a week,” he said.
“If anyone sees a fire close to power poles or if they see a pole on fire, they should call 000.
“Just as concerning is a pole that is only partially burnt because it could be significantly weakened and fail at a later date, bringing down high-voltage wires.
“We’re asking property owners to trim or clear any long grass, foliage and rubbish within a three metre radius of their poles and closely monitor any controlled burns they carry out.”