(WARNING - OLD PHOTO) BUSY WEEKEND: Local fire crews were kept busy after three major fires broke out across the South Burnett on Saturday. Photo: Clive Lowe/South Burnett Times 24/09/2011
(WARNING - OLD PHOTO) BUSY WEEKEND: Local fire crews were kept busy after three major fires broke out across the South Burnett on Saturday. Photo: Clive Lowe/South Burnett Times 24/09/2011

Burnett fire danger warning moves up to ‘severe’

ACCORDING to the Bureau of Meteorology there will be a ‘severe’ fire danger warning across the Wide Bay and Burnett region today.

This has followed on from yesterdays fire weather warning being labelled as ‘very high’.

The warning said:

On Wednesday the hot, dry, gusty north-westerly winds will increase ahead of the trough and push further eastwards, with dry and gusty west to south-westerly winds following the passage of the trough.

This will result in Severe fire dangers in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Southeast Coast and Wide Bay and Burnett districts on Wednesday. Locally Extreme fire dangers are also possible in the Far Eastern Darling Downs and in the western Lockyer Valley.

The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises you to:

Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.

Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.

Call triple-0 (triple-0) in an emergency.

For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

Bureau fire weather expert Claire Yeo has broken down how the Fire Danger Ratings and weather warnings have been calculated.

“Fire danger ratings are a measurement of how difficult it is if a fire is already going in a landscape to be suppressed or put out,” she said.

“The fire danger ratings are on a scale.

“These fire danger ratings are also based on forecast of temperature, moisture components so relative humidity, wind speed, and also what forest and grasslands and fuel types are doing in that landscape. It’s a dryness measure.”

The scale goes from low-moderate, high, very-high, severe, extreme, and through to catastrophic.

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