High winds, hot temps combine to push up fire danger
THE Queensland Fire and Rescue Service has reminded Central Queensland residents to be prepared as hot weather and high winds combine over the weekend.
QFRS central regional manager for rural operations Brian Smith said a very high fire danger had been predicted for a large area of the region, mainly in the Channel Country.
Mr Smith said strong winds of up to 40km/h, combining with very hot weather, mean a high risk of fires getting out of control.
"While the QFRS is well prepared to fight potential fires, prevention is important," he said.
"The combination of strong winds, high temperatures and low relative humidity will make it very difficult to contain vegetation fires, so we're asking residents to take extra care and be alert.
"We are also asking people to ensure they are not throwing cigarette butts out of car windows and to be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas.
"If they haven't done so already, I urge residents to finalise preparations on their property and visit the Rural Fire Service website to download a bushfire survival plan so that no one is caught off guard."