Bushfire danger rating is very high across parts of Queensland. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times
Bushfire danger rating is very high across parts of Queensland. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times Kate Darvall

Firefighters call for vigilance in heightened conditions

RURAL Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) has urged Queenslanders to be vigilant with heightened fire conditions predicted across much of the state in the coming days.   Over the next two days, high to very high conditions are predicted for Central Queensland as temperatures reach up to 41 degrees across the region.    RFSQ Director of Operations Gary McCormack said precautions were being taken by firefighters to prepare for potential bushfires as fresh and gusty winds combined with hot temperatures impacted on fire conditions.   "There's a high to very high fire danger across most of Queensland, with severe fire danger expected over southern parts of the Maranoa and Warrego regions today," Mr McCormack said.   "Under these conditions, warm temperatures combined with increased winds create heightened fire conditions where fires may develop quickly, spread rapidly and become more intense.   "We're asking residents and travellers to take extra care, be alert and help prevent bushfires.   "Early intervention by fire crews is critical, so residents are urged to report any unattended or suspicious fires by calling Triple Zero (000) immediately."   Mr McCormack said while some parts of the state had recently received rainfall, now was not the time to be complacent.   "It's vital people are aware of any actions that could spark a fire," he said.   "Never throw cigarette butts out of the car window and always be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas.   "Landowners who have conducted burns must make sure residual fires are contained so that they will not escape.    "Anyone wanting to light a fire in the open should seek advice about permits and current conditions from their local fire warden."   Mr McCormack said it was crucial residents prepared their homes and properties and stayed informed.   "If they haven't already, I urge residents to finalise their preparations and visit the RFSQ website to download a Bushfire Survival Plan, so that no one is caught off guard," he said.   Further information on bushfire preparation can be found atwww.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.


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