ON ALERT: South Burnett Regional Council's Local Disaster Recovery Committee members Mayor Keith Campbell, Craig Tunley, Mark Pitt and Cr Gavin Jones are on alert during the South Burnett's weather events.
ON ALERT: South Burnett Regional Council's Local Disaster Recovery Committee members Mayor Keith Campbell, Craig Tunley, Mark Pitt and Cr Gavin Jones are on alert during the South Burnett's weather events. Jessica McGrath

Residents to remain vigilant as weather risk increases

SOUTH Burnett residents are urged to be prepared and stay informed as unprecedented and unstable weather conditions across the state.

South Burnett Regional Council has been notified as part of a state-wide weather briefing from the State Government and Bureau of Meteorology of the increasing risk of bushfires and heatwave conditions.

Mayor Keith Campbell said residents should check alerts at the council emergency dashboard.

A fire ban has been issued for the entire South Burnett Region by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

The ban prohibits the lighting of fires in open spaces for a 48-hour period from 10am Wednesday November 28 to 10am Friday November 30.

Mayor Keith Campbell said the community should remain vigilant and adhere to all fire bans and have a bushfire survival plan in place.

"Although there are no active bushfires currently in the South Burnett, weather conditions have heightened the risk," he said.

Over the next two days, the region may also experience hot, dry weather with the potential for heatwave conditions.

"During a heatwave ensure you stay well hydrated, avoid alcohol and hot and sugary drinks, limit your physical activity and try to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day," Cr Campbell said.

Residents are urged to check in with any elderly neighbours and relatives during this hot weather period.

"Everyone needs to take care in hot weather but some people are at a higher risk of heat illness, especially if they are older, live alone or are socially isolated," he said.

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