MERCURY RISING: South Burnett is feeling the heat.
MERCURY RISING: South Burnett is feeling the heat. Louise Cheer

Fires, scorching heat and flies that just won't quit

IT'S just after 11am, the temperature has already hit 33 degrees, the flies are closing in and two fires are already burning in the South Burnett.

A number of crews have been called to control a blaze near Mala Crecent, Booie to the east of Kingaroy which broke out around 10.40 this morning.

Queensland Fire and Rescue advised a large volume of smoke would be seen in Booie and surrounding areas, but the grass fire is not posing any threat to property.

There is a second fire burning in Nanango near Bushnells road which broke out about 20 minutes before crews were called to Booie.

With temperatures expected to hit 40 degrees on Sunday, the Rural Fire Service Queensland has urged the community to exercise caution and be alert.

RFSQ Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant said the Maronoa, Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts would be the worse affected by the high temperatures.

"This is some of the hottest weather and highest fire danger Queensland has experienced this season," Mr Gallant said.  

"Under these conditions, very hot temperatures combined with low humidity and increased winds create dangerous fire conditions where fires may develop quickly, spread rapidly and become more intense.

"The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Fire Investigation Unit and Queensland Police Service (QPS) Arson Squad will be monitoring all fire developments, to determine if any criminal or negligent actions are occurring."

Mr Gallant said landowners who had conducted hazard reduction burns recently were strongly encouraged to take immediate steps to ensure their fire had been properly extinguished.

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