EXTREME WARNING: Fire risk increases
Southern Downs residents are advised to remain vigilant today as the region’s bushfire risk rises to ‘extreme’.
Strong winds and hot temperatures are behind the increased fire danger rating in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt region, as Warwick is predicted to see wind gusts of 32km/h and highs of 36C.
The advice follows a series of blazes that broke out in the region this week, including fires in Cunnin, The Summit, Glengallan and Clumber.
While firefighters have left Cunnin, The Summit and Glengallan fires, QFES will return to the Clumber burn today.
A QFES spokeswoman said ‘quite a few crews’ would return to the Scenic Rim after Thursday’s efforts to contain the blaze.
“Firefighters left after the fire had slowed down and was burning safely but they will return again today,” she said.
The QFES spokeswoman urged residents prepare themselves appropriately today.
“Know what you would do if a fire broke out in you area and you had to enact a bushfire plan and evacuate,” she said.
QFES also warned residents to drive safely in smoky areas, to close windows and doors if you had existing health conditions that could be aggravated by smoke, and to be extra cautious not to throw cigarette butts out the window.
The fire warning is expected to downgrade to ‘very high’ over Saturday and Sunday.