Severe fire warning in place as risky 'cocktail' forecast
A SEVERE fire weather warning has been issued for the region over the next couple of days as a cold front and expected wind change creates a 'cocktail' of risky fire conditions.
The Bureau of Meteorology has advised the fire danger in Warwick is severe today and permits to light fires have also been cancelled across the Southern Downs Regional Council area until further notice.
Rural Fire Service Acting Assistant Commissioner Tony Johnstone said the winds would push across southeast Queensland today before heading towards the coast by Sunday.
"While the wind itself is not unusual during August, it comes at a time when we are seeing record dry conditions in parts of the state, particularly in the the southern interior and western fringes of southeast Queensland,” Mr Johnstone said.
"It's that cocktail of no rain, parched earth and strong gusts that can leave parts of the state exposed to bushfires.
"Fires that break out under these conditions have the potential to spread quickly and could be difficult to control.”
While firefighters are well-prepared for the coming days, Mr Johnstone said Queenslanders should also ensure they were ready and had a bushfire survival plan in place.