LOCALS are being urged to be ‘fire safe’ today, with a high fire danger in place for the Gold Coast and surrounding areas.
The Rural Fire Service Queensland is urging residents to be extra vigilant as the soaring temperatures bring nasty fire conditions.
RFSQ Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant said precautions were being taken by firefighters to prepare for potential vegetation fires during the heightened fire conditions.
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“Very high fire danger has been forecast for much of the north and far-north, stretching south along the Queensland coast, particularly for inland areas in central and southern Queensland,” Mr Gallant said.
“Warm temperatures combined with low humidity and strong winds make conditions perfect for fires to spark and spread quickly.
“These conditions also make it difficult to contain vegetation fires, so we’re asking residents to take extra care and be alert.”
Mr Gallant said landowners who had conducted hazard reduction burns recently should take immediate steps to ensure their fire had been properly extinguished.
“Landowners who have conducted burns should make sure residual fires are contained so that they will not escape,” he said.
With fire activity ramping up across the State, it’s crucial residents make sure they were doing all they can to prepare their homes and properties.
“If they haven’t already, residents should finalise preparations on their property and visit the Rural Fire Service Queensland website to download a bushfire survival plan so that no one is caught off guard,” Mr Gallant said.
“We are also asking people to ensure they do not throw cigarette butts out of the car window and be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas.”
Further information on bushfire preparation can be found at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.