Severe fire danger in region with dry lighting threat
FIREFIGHTERS are monitoring two bushfires on the Granite Belt amid a severe fire danger rating for the region today and a chance of dry lighting tonight.
Severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts, little rainfall and a chance of dry lighting have also been forecast for parts of the Darling Downs.
Rural Fire Service crews are monitoring a scrub fire burning in inaccessible country at Karrara on the Southern Downs after dampening down hotspots overnight.
While the fire is contained and posing no threat to property, crews are working to ensure burnt trees falling in the fire ground do not re-ignite.
RFS crews this morning also returned to a bushfire burning in inaccessible country at The Glen and adjusting containment lines at the situation unfolds.
There is no threat to property but crews are unable to back-burn to boost containment lines.
Residents in the area are reminded there will be heavy smoke and should keep medications close-by if suffering from medical conditions.
They should also keep up to date of the situation and report any fires to emergency services.
It comes as the Bureau of Meteorology forecast severe fire dangers for southwestern parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts today.
The forecast is due to a surface trough which moved across southern Queensland yesterday, entering the Maranoa and Warrego district about midnight Friday.
"By Saturday evening it will be located across the central Darling Downs," the bureau forecast said.
"Hot, dry and fresh north-westerly winds will be ahead of the trough, and cooler, dry and moderate south-westerly winds behind.
"Severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts are possible with the passage of the trough, most likely in the western Darling Downs and extending northwest into the interior.
"Little to no rainfall is expected with these storms, and there is a chance of dry lightning."