FIRE WEATHER: THE Bureau of Meteorology issued a lengthy Fire Weather Warning for several forecast districts, including the Southeast Coast, as temperatures soared across the region on Saturday.
Strong and gusty winds associated with a surface trough combined with hot conditions resulted in Severe Fire Dangers for a large part of southern Queensland on Saturday.
Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts on Saturday 4 January:
1) Central Highlands and Coalfields
2) Darling Downs and Granite Belt
3) Wide Bay and Burnett
4) Southeast Coast
The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises that fires may be unpredictable, uncontrollable and fast-moving.
The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises you check your bushfire survival plan now. Residents are urged to monitor the fire and weather situation in any way possible through www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au, television or radio.
Remember to call Triple Zero if you see a fire.
The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises that if you are in an area of Severe Fire Danger leaving is the safest option for your survival.
If you plan to leave finalise your options and leave early on the day. Only stay if your home is well prepared and well constructed and you can actively defend it.
The Rural Fire Service also advises residents to prepare for the emotional, mental and physical impact of defending your property – if in doubt, leave early.
For information on Fire Bans and how to Prepare. Act. Survive. Visit the Rural Fire Service web page at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or call the hotline on 1800 020 440.