Fire danger very high as temperatures remain in the 30s
GLADSTONE temperatures are expected to remain in the 30s throughout this week, and with windy and dry conditions, the region's fire danger is rated very high.
The combination of record-breaking high temperatures and strong coastal winds will also create risky bushfire conditions across New South Wales and inland in Queensland, including Charleville, Maranoa and Warrego.
A total fire ban is in place for all of NSW, while the forecast for fire danger across regional Queensland remains "high to very high".
While a state-wide fire ban has not been declared for Queensland, even among coastal regions like Gladstone, the high to very high fire danger risk means lighting fires is not recommended.
Gladstone command inspector Wayne Larkin advised the community to be vigilant.
"If you notice any fires, notify the fire station as soon as possible," he said.
"If you are going to burn off, you must get a local permit."
Capricornia: Partly cloudy but mostly fine with isolated showers. Min: 21; Max: 32. Fire danger: very high.
Central Highlands and Coalfields: Isolated showers in north-east, fine and mostly sunny elsewhere. Min: 13; Max: 34. Fire danger: high to very high