CALLED OFF: A prescribed burn of a section of USC's compensatory habitat site at Sippy Downs was postponed. Photo: File
CALLED OFF: A prescribed burn of a section of USC's compensatory habitat site at Sippy Downs was postponed. Photo: File

Controlled burn canned due to conditions

UNFAVOURABLE conditions have caused a planned burn for the University of the Sunshine Coast to be postponed.

The burn was to go ahead at the Sippy Downs campus today between 9am and midday.

A USC spokesman said it would now go ahead on either Thursday, August 29, or Thursday, September 5.

Officers from Rural Fire Service Queensland and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service will conduct the burn of 1.5 hectares of heathland on the far eastern side of the campus, near Claymore Road.

The aim of this burn is to reduce the fuel load and associated fire hazard risk and maintain the health of the vegetation that contains some rare and endangered plant species.

Having a mosaic pattern of burnt and unburnt areas within the habitat area helps reduce the intensity of any future wildfires and provides favourable conditions for natural heath and forest regeneration.