Firefighting pressure is back on

EXHAUSTED rural firefighters are hunkering down as dry winds bring a fresh fire danger to the region.

An expected overnight wind change between midnight and 3am on Thursday has prompted an urgent warning from authorities that the expected strong winds may cause sudden fires without warning.

Bruce Mackay, first officer with the Mt Maurice Rural Fire Service, said fire crews were tired after assisting at a spate of fires around the region recently.

Some rural firefighters had fought fires for 10 days in a row, he said.

“We are worried - we are pleading with people to be careful.

“The fire season is here and we just have to cope with it but anything the locals can do to catch fires early would help,” he told The Observer.

Due to a lack of rural volunteers, fire crews were undermanned, he said.

“We're going to have to lobby the government; we need some kind of compensation for volunteers who can't afford to leave work to fight fires.”

The QFRS has warned residents to expect strong and dry south-westerly winds gusting between 25 and 35 kilometres per hour during the early morning.

Fire bans remain in place in the central region.



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