The Rural Fire Service (RFS) is urging all in the region to be on alert in the coming days, with heightened fire conditions forecast.
RFS Assistant Commissioner Tom Dawson says very high fire danger was predicted, as high temperatures and strong winds passed through the Cape York Peninsula, Hinchinbrook, Townsville, the Burdekin; inland to Charters Towers and Flinders areas.
The danger continues on to Capricornia Coast, Central Highlands and Coalfields; and south to the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs, Granite Belt and Queensland’s South East Coast.
“Warm temperatures combined with low humidity and increased winds will create dangerous conditions, where unattended or mismanaged fires may create sparks and cause them to spread quickly.”
“While firefighters are taking precautions to prepare for the heightened fire conditions, we also need the community’s assistance to ensure bushfires are reported quickly.”
“We’re asking residents to be extra vigilant and proactive in calling Triple Zero (000) about bushfires.
“Also, please report any suspicious behaviour by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or contacting your local police station. If you see something, or know something, say something.”
Mr Dawson says landowners who had conducted hazard reduction burns recently should take immediate steps to ensure their fire had been properly extinguished and residual fires were contained.
“In addition, people should never throw cigarette butts out of the car window, as the smallest spark can ignite nearby vegetation rapidly and spread quickly under heightened conditions.”
“We also ask residents to be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas and take extra care when using power tools, which might spark into flammable vegetation.”