This dust storm seen above Roma on Sunday may be moving across to the Burnett region as weather conditions continue.
This dust storm seen above Roma on Sunday may be moving across to the Burnett region as weather conditions continue. Jorja McDonnell

FIRE BAN: Residents to stay alert as weather danger peaks

RESIDENTS are urged to stay alert, with today marking the peak of the fire danger across the Burnett region.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued the severe fire danger warning for the South and North Burnett.

Meteorologist Harry Clark said with current weather forecasts, the fire warning is likely to drop back to very high tomorrow.

"Combine the dry conditions, windy conditions and hot conditions, and that makes severe fire danger ratings," he said.

Windy conditions are expected to develop up to 45km/h today, with some wind gusts potentially reaching faster wind speeds.

The Burnett region is predicted to reach maximum temperatures around the mid-30s, with Kingaroy expected to reach a maximum of 35°C today.

Further north, there will be some slightly warmer pockets around Gayndah and Monto.

These North Burnett towns will expect maximum temperatures of around 38°C.

Mr Clark said there would also be a very, very slight chance of a thunderstorm before midday today.

There is a chance a dust haze, which is currently near Charleville, will be seen around the Burnett region today, with the wind moving the dust across.

"Areas further north are more likely to see it," Mr Clark said.

Burnett residents are urged to be sun smart with the UV index predicted to reach extreme.

The Queensland Government has put a fire ban in place for the North and South Burnett council areas and the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire council area.

The ban will apply from 10am Wednesday, November 28 to 10am Friday, November 30.

All permits to light fires previously issued in these areas are cancelled.

The Queensland Rural Fire Service advises residents to action their bushfire survival plan now and monitor the fire and weather situations through media outlets and www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

Queensland Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett is urging people to take precautions against dehydration and other heat-related conditions.

"Be alert to the symptoms of heat-related illnesses which can range from heat rash, muscle cramps, and heavy sweating, to paleness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and fainting," she said.

Residents are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids regularly throughout the day.

"Stay indoors when possible, preferably in a building with air-conditioning or good air flow, and limit strenuous outdoor activity," Dr Bennett said.

With dust and smoke covering parts of the state, people with respiratory issues should stay indoors with windows and doors closed.

"If you are experiencing any adverse reactions to the dust, such as shortness of breath, prolonged coughing or wheezing, seek medical advice," she said.

Residents are urged to call 000 in an emergency.

Another round of heat is forecast for Sunday and Monday next week, welcoming the start of the summer season.

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