The Rural Fire Service has advised there is a 'very high fire danger' rating in place across the Darling Downs.
The Rural Fire Service has advised there is a 'very high fire danger' rating in place across the Darling Downs. Tessa Mapstone

Fire danger rises as heat hits Darling Downs region

A VERY high fire danger warning is in place for the Darling Downs this weekend and expected to last until later in the week.

The Rural Fire Service is urging people to reconsider any work that may ignite sparks and therefore bushfires as heatwave conditions from southern states reach the region.

RFS Acting Regional Manager Tim Chittenden said the "very high fire danger" level was expected to last until at least Thursday.

"The heatwave conditions are pushing further north out of the southern states and we're right on the edge of that," he said.

"We're expecting temperatures in the mid-30s and much hotter the further west you go.

"With that comes a very high fire danger for the next seven days."

Mr Chittenden said much of the Darling Downs had missed any substantial rainfall in recent weeks which had caused very dry conditions.

"(The RFS) has got all our preparations in place but really we're asking residents that they're not lighting any unnecessary fires," he said.

"Anything that might produce a spark over the next few days, be very careful and have water on hand and even rethink if they need to do it during the hot weather."

The hot and dry conditions have fuelled a large vegetation fire burning in the border area near Cullendore Rd at Elbow Valley in recent days.

Multiple firefighting units including crews from the NSW Rural Fire Service battled a separate fire in the same area overnight Thursday after it broke out about midday.

"We've seen some pretty erratic fire behaviour out of that fire," Mr Chittenden said.

"That's more akin to October or November conditions which is the traditional fire season.

"But we've had a number of fires there over the last three weeks. It's right on the border."

He said spotfires and large flames had made bringing the fire under control, and extinguishing it, difficult for crews at the fire front.

The fire was under control by Friday morning.

It was a separate incident to a vegetation fire that broke out near Eukey Rd at Ballandean about 1.10pm yesterday.

Crews did back-burning operations and had the fire under control by 2pm, and there was no threat to property.

"It's really dry right across the Darling Downs so people should really be taking precautions," he said.

No fire bans are in place.

Anyone who sees a fire should report it to 000 immediately.


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