Residents warned of high fire danger as temperature climbs

CENTRAL Queensland residents have been warned to be vigilant with heightened fire conditions predicted this week.

High temperatures and low humidity are forecast, and areas west of Gladstone are most vulnerable, particularly with strong winds expected in those areas.

Firefighters are monitoring conditions and preparing for potential grass fires.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service said it would be difficult to contain vegetation fires, so residents should take extra care and be alert.

Landholders are urged to consider postponing hazard reduction burns and check that any recent burns are extinguished.

Gladstone is expecting a top of 29 degrees on Tuesday, with moderate north to north-west winds.

A top of 31 degrees is forecast for Wednesday and 32 on Thursday.