Gold Coast under fire ban with extreme weather forecast

PERFECT BUSHFIRE conditions across Queensland’s south-east has prompted a local fire ban for the region.

The ban will be in place until midnight on Sunday, for Gold Coast residents as well as those in the Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer, Logan and Scenic Rim Local Government Areas.

It comes as weary firefighters continue to battle dozens of blazes raging across the state.


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Crews managed to take advantage of a slight easing of conditions on Saturday to strengthen containment lines, but there are fears the weather will work against them from this afternoon.

Hotter, drier weather is forecast to return, along with dry lightning which could increase the chance of more bushfires starting.

Authorities are also keeping a close eye on a developing cyclone off the northeast coast.

On Friday, a 21-year-old man died while trying to fire-proof his property in Central Queensland.

While hundreds of people remain in shelters, unable to go back to inspect damage caused to their properties in what is being labelled an ‘unprecedented’ event.

You can go to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website to stay up to date.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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