QFES are urging Queenslanders to be on high alert as weather conditions increase the risk of a bushfire today. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
QFES are urging Queenslanders to be on high alert as weather conditions increase the risk of a bushfire today. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily

Burnett warms up for severe fire danger

FIREFIGHTERS are calling on Burnett residents to be on high alert with severe fire conditions expected in the region today.

The Bureau of Meteorology advises the weather conditions will increase the risk of fires.

Hot, dry, gusty and strong west to south-westerly winds are forecast.

This will create a severe fire danger in the Wide Bay, Burnett, Central Highlands, Maranoa and Warrego districts.

Kingaroy is expected to see a maximum of 36 degrees today, while Gayndah is predicted to reach a maximum of 39 degrees.

The Darling Downs, Granite Belt and Southeast Coast regions are expected to see extreme fire danger conditions on Friday.

The fire danger is expected to drop for the Wide Bay and Burnett region down to very high fire danger over the weekend.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Acting Commissioner Mike Wassing said the threat of hot temperatures, strong winds and tinderbox conditions were expected to peak today and could continue for several days.

"Conditions will be at their worst on Friday and Saturday when a mix of strong winds, low humidity and hot temperatures are expected to exacerbate the bushfire risk," he said.

"Queensland has experienced intense bushfire activity already this season and this has occurred on the back of weather conditions like what is expected today and this weekend."

Mr Wassing urged residents to take precautions and avoid activities that could start fires.

"Residents should not use outdoor machinery and power tools near vegetation as one stray spark is all it takes to start a bushfire," he said.

"This includes the use of lawn mowers, slashers, tractors, grinders and welders."

Mr Wassing said it was important Queenslanders kept up-to-date with the latest bushfire warnings and knew what to do in the event of a fire.

"Fires that start under these weather conditions can be very fast-moving and extremely difficult for firefighters to contain," he said.

"Practical steps people can take include identifying the routes they will take if they need to evacuate, where they plan to evacuate to and ensuring their emergency kits are stocked and current.

"Additionally, I encourage anyone who notices fire activity over the coming days to report it to triple-0 immediately."

 

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 and media.

-Call triple-0 in an emergency.

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