Residents urged to prepare for heightened fire conditions
RURAL Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) is urging residents across the state to be vigilant with heightened fire conditions predicted in coming days.
RFSQ director of operations Peter Varley said the Bureau of Meteorology predicted very high fire danger in areas including the Wide Bay and Burnett
Some of these areas will have reduced danger by Wednesday.
Mr Varley said precautions were being taken by firefighters to prepare for potential bushfires during the heightened fire conditions.
"With heightened fire danger across the state, we're asking residents to take extra care, be alert, and help to prevent bushfires," Mr Varley said.
"Under these conditions, warm 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 Arson Squad will be monitoring fire developments, to determine if any criminal or negligent actions are occurring."
Mr Varley said landowners who had conducted hazard reduction burns recently were strongly encouraged to take immediate steps to ensure their fire had been properly extinguished.
"Landowners who have conducted burns must make sure residual fires are contained so that they will not escape," he said.
Mr Varley said with fire activity ramping up, it was crucial for residents to prepare their homes and properties.
"If they haven't already, I urge residents to finalise their preparations and visit the RFSQ website to create a Bushfire Survival Plan, so that no one is caught off guard," he said.
"People should never throw cigarette butts out of the car window and always be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas."
Further information on bushfire preparation can be found atwww.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.