RISING temperatures, dry air and moderate to fresh south-westerly winds are forecast to send fire danger ratings soaring across much of the state for the rest of the working week.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the forecast heightened fire conditions meant bushfires were likely to ignite and spread quickly.
As a result, local fire bans are in effect in the Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer, Logan, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast local government areas and will remain in place until midnight Friday.
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Extra firefighters have also been placed on standby across the state, ready to respond at a moment’s notice.
Ms Carroll said while firefighters were well-prepared for the next 48 hours, Queensland residents should also ensure they were ready and had a Bushfire Survival Plan in place.
“Whether you live on the urban fringe or in a regional or rural area, please ensure you and your family know exactly what actions you will take should a bushfire threaten your property,” she said.
“It is equally important for those who may be travelling in high bushfire risk areas to keep a close eye on Fire Danger Rating (FDR) signs, which are often located on main roads.
“Please remain vigilant, tune into warnings and report all fires to Triple Zero (000) immediately.”
It’s been a busy, early start to Queensland’s bushfire season, with firefighters having responded to more than 2500 bushfires and issued more than 600 bushfire warnings since the beginning of August.
“On average, our personnel have attended 60 fires each day across the state, with no sign of bushfire activity slowing down,” Ms Carroll said.
“Many of the crews responding to these fires include Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers and Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) Auxiliary firefighters.
“We are very thankful for the support QFES receives from the Queensland business community, which allows our dedicated volunteers and auxiliary firefighters flexibility.
“Those flexible working arrangements ensure our dedicated workforce is able to help protect the people of Queensland during critical times of need.”
If you believe you or your property is under threat, call Triple Zero 000 immediately.
Stay up-to-date by visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.
For bushfire preparation tips, visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety.