Brett Wortman

Severe fire danger for Southern Downs

HIGH temperatures, strong winds and dry conditions are expected to create very high to severe fire conditions across the Southern Downs this week.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service manager for rural operations for south western region Wayne Waltisbuhl said conditions were worsening.

"The fire danger ratings are ranging from very high to severe in these areas with high temperatures, strong winds and dry conditions expected," he said.

"We are taking extra precautions as vegetation fires which spark up in this weather can prove more difficult to contain."

Mr Waltisbuhl said lightening strikes had sparked a number of fires in the south-west corner of the region and asked residents to ensure they were prepared for potential vegetation fires.

"Residents need to finalise any preparations for their property and if they haven't already, they need to visit the Rural Fire Service website to download a bushfire survival plan," he said.

"Landowners who have conducted hazard reduction burns recently are strongly encouraged to take immediate steps to ensure their fire has been properly extinguished or to make sure the residual fire is contained so that it will not escape with the forecast winds in the coming days.

"We are also asking people to ensure they are not throwing cigarette butts out of car windows and to be careful when operating machinery in dry grassed areas."

Temperatures are expected to climb to 28 degrees today, 29 tomorrow and 32 on Thursday.

More information about how to prepare for bushfire season can be found at ruralfire.qld.gov.au.



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