Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has praised the public for their vigilance as the state battles the grip of bushfire season, but warn the danger period is far from over.
Hot, dry and windy conditions will once again inflame the bushfire risk from today and into the weekend, with the fire danger spiking to severe in south-west, central Queensland and into the South East of the state.
Local fire bans have been declared for a number of high concern parts of Queensland including much of the state’s south-east.
There is also a fire ban in place for the Moreton Bay and southern Moreton Bay Islands during the school holiday period.
QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll says firefighters are well-prepared for the increased fire danger but urged those in high risk areas to take precautions.
“We’ve got unusually hot, dry and windy weather and on top of that we haven’t seen any significant rainfall for quite some time. Along with local fire bans, there are also restrictions and cancellations of permits to light fires in many areas.”
“We don’t want to alarm people, but we want them to take our warnings seriously.”
Ms Carroll says residents needed to do their bit, including obeying all local fire bans and restrictions and visiting the Rural Service website to prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan.
“We urge people to consult the Rural Fire Service website or their local fire warden or area office to identify bans and restrictions in their area.”
QFES Officials say that until we receive significant widespread rain, we’ll continue to have challenging fire conditions even when this weather passes.
“Please continue to remain vigilant, be aware of local restrictions or bans by going to, tune into warnings and report all fires to Triple Zero (000) immediately.”