Firefighters urge residents to be on alert for fires

HEIGHTENED fire conditions forecast for the Southern Downs have prompted the Rural Fire Service to urge residents to be ready and alert in the coming days.

RFSQ Regional Manager South West Region Lawrence Laing said a severe fire danger rating was in place due to high temperatures and strong winds.

"Even with the recent rainfall in the region there are parts that did not receive enough to minimise the risk of fire," he said.

"Warm temperatures combined with low humidity and increased winds create dangerous conditions where unattended or mismanaged fires may create sparks and cause fires to spread quickly."

Residents are being told to stay vigilant and take care to avoid fire risks.

"People should never throw cigarette butts out of the car window and be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas," Mr Laing said.

"Landowners who have conducted hazard reduction burns recently must take immediate steps to ensure their fire has been properly extinguished and residual fires contained."

Landholders wanting to light a fire in the open should ensure they have a permit from their local fire warden.

For further information on bushfire preparation, visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

In the event of a fire, phone 000.



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