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Temperatures put Central Queensland on fire alert

THE Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is urging residents across Central Queensland to take extra care today with a widespread, heightened fire danger forecast for the region. 

QFRS Regional Manager of Rural Operations for Central Region Brian Smith said that fire prevention was pertinent during these conditions, which will include very hot and dry winds.

"We're expecting severe fire danger in the Central Highlands, Coalfields and Channel Country," Mr Smith said.

"It is expected temperatures could reach up to 36 degrees, relative humidity will be down to around 10 per cent and winds could reach up to 45 km/hr. Locations which may be affected include areas around Emerald and Longreach."

"It is important residents take extra care as conditions can make it very difficult to contain vegetation fires."

"Residents conducting permit burns must follow the conditions of the permit and ensure containment lines are secured. Due to the increased fire danger, they should consider delaying burns. For further information, they can contact their local fire warden or area office."

Mr Smith said it was vital residents working with power tools and machinery took great care.

"Sparks from grinders and other common machinery can easily ignite grassland and a major bushfire can take hold very quickly. Landowners should minimise the risk of a fire starting by taking precautions and having firefighting equipment available to extinguish any fire," he said.

Mr Smith said with fire activity ramping up across the State, it was crucial residents made sure they were doing all they could to prepare their homes and properties.

"If they haven't already, I urge residents to finalise preparing their property and visit the Rural Fire Service website to download a bushfire survival plan so that no one is caught off guard," he said.

Residents can tune into warnings by listening to their local radio and logging on to the Rural Fire website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au .
 

Topics:  brian smith, central queensland, fire, qfrs




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