Queensland's drought status may save it from the type of devastating fire season afflicting its southern neighbour.
More than 60 per cent of the state has been drought declared, which means the state's firefighters are expecting an "average" fire season.
It has been so long since some areas, particularly in western Queensland, have received rain, there is no vegetation left to burn.
But closer to the coast, it is a different story. Heavy rain in January gave vegetation a chance to grow and spread.
Neil Gallant, assistant commissioner of the state's Rural Fire Service, said it was one of the reasons the service decided to run a dedicated hazard reduction burn operation, encouraging landholders to clear their properties before it became a problem.
"It put emphasis on landholders to work with their rural brigades to do a lot of hazard mitigation burning, to reduce hazards in known problem areas," Mr Gallant said.
"So hopefully we'll see the continued benefits of the effort that was put in there."
But recent research by Professor Ross Bradstock and Dr Owen Price from the University of Wollongong's Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires, found that homes needed at least a one-kilometre defence in order to survive conditions like those in Victoria in 2009 and NSW last week.
Most people cleared just 50 metres around their home.
But the research, published this year, found that wasn't enough if firestorm conditions took hold, which was when embers became the biggest danger.
But Mr Gallant said fire brigades were aware "people weren't going to have a scorched-earth policy" around their homes. Instead he said people in flashpoint areas needed to work with the experts to establish a clearing plan.
In Queensland, those danger areas were where bush met residential properties, found just outside the major cities.
While landholders in regional and rural areas were more experienced in dealing with bushfire conditions, Mr Gallant said those closer to urban areas were usually new to the dangers of the season.
"Anywhere from the fringes to the rural-urban interface is an area where our volunteer brigades are very conscious of," he said.
"The events in NSW have shown that it really is up to the residents to prepare their property and have a plan.
"On those sorts of days, there is nothing that our firefighters can do to make up for what the residents haven't done and if they have left trees and long grass around their home, there is simply nothing we can do to save those homes.
"So we are asking residents to take heed of what is happening down there, have a look at their own property and get advice on how to make their properties as safe as possible from the threat of wildfire."