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Rural teams sigh in relief

RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service at another accident.
RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service at another accident. Chris Ison

RURAL firefighters dodged a bullet at the weekend, and counted their blessings they had relatively few call-outs to fires across the Rockhampton region.

About 10 fires were reported in the region over the weekend, including a bushfire 60km north of Rockhampton near Kunwarara, sparked by a wheel off a boat trailer, and a grassfire in Razorback Rd in Mt Morgan.

A grassfire was also reported in the Rossmoya area, 40km north of Rockhampton.

And with weather conditions heating up in the region, authorities are bracing for the worst yet to come, as temperatures soar into the low 30s.

Hazard-reduction burns planned in the Yeppoon area on Saturday were cancelled because of weather conditions.

Bush Fires safety officer Tracey Charles said there were a couple of controlled burns that went to plan as a result of extra vigilance from rural firefighters.

She said she hoped people heeded the advice of fire authorities and had their bushfire plans up to date. "It is a worry now that conditions are getting hotter and there is high fuel loading.

"This goes without saying that our region's firefighters have worked countless hours trying to put out fires in the past few weeks."

Weather conditions will remain dry and hot over the next few days, with temperatures going above 30 degrees.

Temperatures will hover around the 33-degree mark today and tomorrow, with possible thunderstorms expected over the next three days.

There is a chance of rain on Thursday, and then clear skies on Friday.

Temperatures will drop to 28 degrees on Thursday and Friday, with overnight showers on Friday and Saturday.

 

Weather Forecast

Today: Thunderstorms with a high of 33 degrees. Winds will reach up to 12kmh

Tomorrow: Possible thunderstorms and a high of 33 degrees.

Wednesday: Possible thunderstorms again with a high of 30 degrees.


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