SEVERE WEATHER WARNING: Strong winds heighten fire risk
A FIRE weather warning has been issued for the Southern Downs following severe conditions forecast tomorrow.
A surface trough is moving across southeast Queensland bringing dry west south-westerly winds to the region, according to Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Dean Narramore.
“Those winds will be a lot drier which leads to the elevated fire danger,” Mr Narramore said.
“That dry air combined with stronger winds and everything being so dry on the land, if fire did get going it could easily get out of control.
Wind gusts could reach up to 50KM/hr today.
“Strong winds would aid in accelerating that fire behaviour and making it erratic and dangerous,” Mr Narramore said.
Three fires continue to blaze on the Main Range and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service are on scene monitoring the fire at Swanfels today.
The danger is predicted to ease tomorrow as winds weaken and some humidity returns from the southeast.
The reprieve will only last a couple of days, however, as westerly winds are predicted to return and reignite severe fire danger.
The next ten days are predicted to be sunny and hot on the Southern Downs, with temperatures hitting a top of 35 degrees on Friday.