Smoke expected as land at Springfield goes up in flames

MORE than 50 hectares of land will be set on fire at Springfield this weekend, weather permitting.

Rural firefighters are hoping weather conditions will allow them to continue with their planned burns, however, if westerly winds form the burn will be called off.

Already about 60 ha has been burnt off during hazard reduction burns in the Springfield area and more are planned for Deebing Heights and the Ripley Valley in the coming weeks.

Ripley Valley Rural Fire Brigade First Officer Gary Chapman said the slow burn minimised the impacts on wildlife.

"When it's a slow, low intensity fire animals time to vacate the area," Mr Chapman said.

"We're very aware of limiting the impacts on wildlife."


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