A fire ban will remain in place across the Southern Downs until September 20.
A fire ban will remain in place across the Southern Downs until September 20. Mike Knott

Fire ban extended as temperatures soar above average

AS TEMPERATURES soar up to six degrees above the average for September, a fire ban will remain in place in an effort to prevent further bushfires on the Southern Downs.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised a fire ban will remain in place until 11.59pm Friday, September 20.

All permits to light a fire previously issued in the local fire ban area have now been cancelled.

Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain said fire danger rated as very high across the Darling Downs and Granite Belt for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"It's basically due to some dry air that's pushing up from the south and west across the region," he said.

"It's not very gusty winds but the winds still are elevated and the temperatures are above average for this time of year."

Mr Brittain said Friday was expected to reach a top of 28C and Saturday 29C in Warwick, which was about five or six degrees above the long-term average.

"That's feeding into the elevated fire danger ratings over the next few days," Mr Brittain said.

FIRE BAN EXEMPTIONS

- Fires within a properly constructed barbecue are permitted provided they are not left unattended.

- Fires lit for the purpose of commercial or agricultural necessity are permitted, subject to the issue of a permit to light fire issued by the chief fire warden.

- Fires lit for the purpose of gas flaring are permitted, subject to the activity being conducted in accordance with the relevant petroleum and coal seal gas industry standards and being conducted from properly constructed and tested flaring equipment and enclosures.

- Power tools including lawn mowers and mechanical slashers may be used, however QFES encourages people to use these with extreme care and to ensure that adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire that may start. This could include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur.

For more information on the fire ban click here.



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