Severe fire danger for Warwick
HOT weather, dry air and fast winds have bumped Warwick's fire danger rating to severe.
A hot and dry airmass will combine with moderate to fresh and gusty south to southwesterly winds to produce enhanced fire dangers over western and northern parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt.
A severe fire warning is only two notches down from catastrophic ie. the conditions being experienced in parts of New South Wales at the moment.
If a fire breaks out near your home, under severe conditions it's best you:
- Leaving early is the safest option for your survival.
- Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety - but only stay if you are physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.
- If you're not prepared, leave early in the day.
- If you see smoke or an unattended fire call 000.
- Dump cigarettes in an ashtray not out the window or on the ground.
- Keep hydrated, consider pets and wildlife.
- Check on elderly to ensure their safety as heat stress kills many Australians each year!
New South Wales Fires
Sunday's tinder dry conditions are being likened to those in the lead-up to Victoria's Black Saturday blazes, which killed 173 people in 2009.
Fire continue to burn in Liston, as well as 49 fires burning across NSW, 17 of them uncontained.
About 300 firefighters were on the ground and thousands more were on stand-by.
Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
- Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
- Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.