FIREFIGHTERS are urging residents to be on alert after a series of bushfires broke out in dangerous conditions and threatened homes in southeast Queensland over the weekend.
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said the state was in the grip of bushfire season.
Mr Crawford said the fire danger was expected to increase across the southeast in the coming days and said it would continue to “reach heightened levels regularly in the near future”.
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The warning comes after several fast-moving bushfires threatened properties and scorched hundreds of hectares at Tallegalla, Mutdapilly, Ballandean and Linville over the weekend.
“Dangerous fire weather conditions took hold in the south-east and south-west corners of the state over the weekend and moved north to central and western Queensland, with the fire danger reaching ‘very high’ in many areas,” Mr Crawford said.
“It was testament to the great work of fire crews that they were able to gain the upper hand at these fires and prevent them spreading.
“I would like to thank the residents in these areas for paying attention to the warnings and following the direction of local crews.
“While conditions have eased somewhat in the past 24 hours, we can expect to see fire dangers rise again in the coming days and they will reach heightened levels regularly in the near future.”
Mr Crawford said by taking action now to reduce fuel loads, residents can minimise the risk to their homes, neighbours and communities.
He said staff and volunteers had been working hard to ensure communities are protected.
“It’s safeguards such as putting in fire breaks, mowing lawns and removing clippings, wood piles or green waste from yards that can protect homes and save lives when fires strike,” he said.
“And households should also have a Bushfire Survival Plan, so they know how to prepare and what action to take if threatened by a bushfire.”
Mr Crawford urged people to immediately report any sign of fire to Triple Zero (000).
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- Staying tuned to your local radio station
- Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map
- For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
- For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au