Very high fire danger forecast for CQ today and coming days

CONDITIONS are perfect for fires to spark and spread quickly across Central Queensland today and in coming days.

Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) is urging Queenslanders to be vigilant, with heightened fire conditions predicted for multiple locations over the next few days.

RFSQ Rural Operations Director Peter Varley said precautions were being taken by firefighters to prepare for potential vegetation fires during the heightened fire conditions.

"Very high fire danger has been forecast for areas in the northern, central, south western and north coast regions today and in coming days," Mr Varley said.

"Warm temperatures, combined with low humidity and strong winds, make conditions perfect for fires to spark and spread quickly.

"These conditions also make it difficult to contain vegetation fires, so we're asking residents to take extra care and be alert."

Areas of particular concern include: Townsville, Ingham, Ayr and Bowen in North Queensland; Capricornia, Central Highlands, Gladstone and Agnes Waters in Central Queensland; South and North Burnett on the north coast; and Millmerran, Stanthorpe, Crows Nest, St George, Tara and Cunnamulla in south-western Queensland.

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 are also asked to make sure residual fires are contained so that they will not escape," he said.

Mr Varley said with fire activity ramping up across the state, it was crucial for residents to make sure they were doing all they could to prepare their homes and properties.

"If they haven't already, I urge residents to finalise preparations on their property and visit the Rural Fire Service Queensland website to download a bushfire survival plan so that no one is caught off guard," he said.

"We are also asking people to ensure they do not throw cigarette butts out of the car window and be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas."

Further information on bushfire preparation can be found at