Heightened fire conditions predicted for coming days for CQ
RURAL Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) is urging residents of the Central Highlands and Central Coast areas to be vigilant with heightened fire conditions predicted today and in coming days.
RFSQ Central Regional Manager Brian Smith said residents wishing to conduct hazard reduction burns should consider delaying these activities due to dry, windy conditions forecast for the region.
"With very high fire danger across the Central Highlands, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Coast, Whitsundays and Capricornia, we're asking residents to take extra care, be alert, and help to prevent bushfires," Mr Smith said.
"Under these conditions, warm temperatures combined with low humidity and increased winds create dangerous fire conditions where fires may develop quickly, spread rapidly and become more intense."
Mr Smith said landowners who had conducted hazard reduction burns recently were strongly encouraged to take immediate steps to ensure their fire had been properly extinguished.
"Landowners who have conducted burns must make sure residual fires are contained so that they will not escape," he said.
Mr Smith said it was crucial for residents to prepare themselves and their properties.
"If they haven't already, I urge residents to finalise preparations on their property and visit the RFSQ website to download a bushfire survival plan so no one is caught off guard," he said.
"People should never throw cigarette butts out of the car window and always be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas."
Further information on bushfire preparation can be found on the Rural Fire website.