UPDATE @ 11.00am | The fire danger rating for the Gold Coast has been upgrade from ‘very high’ to ‘severe’, due to extremely warm conditions and dry winds.
The Bureau has warned that we could see wind gusts of up to 50km/h throughout the late morning and afternoon which, coupled with very warm conditions, could make for very dangerous conditions.
⚠️WARNING UPDATED for #fire weather, to include the Southeast Coast district. Dry westerly winds are getting up to 50km/h through some areas. Visit: https://t.co/vlf8YG56EO for more info. pic.twitter.com/mu6hkUlDei
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) November 5, 2019
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Local crews say today’s conditions are impacting a fire burning in the hinterland, and that it is moving closer to containment lines.
They’re warning all local residents “to prepare to activate their Bushfire Survival Plan.”
Conditions throughout the week are expected to worsen, with tops of 33 degrees expected on Friday.
A total fire ban is in place across south-east Queensland until midnight on Saturday at this stage.
The forecast southerly change has hit the coast a little earlier than expected, and should bring cooler conditions across the afternoon.
EARLIER @ 6.00am | A total fire ban has been declared across south-east Queensland as the region braces for dangerous conditions over the next few days.
Extra fire crews as well as water-bombing aircraft will be on stand with the fire danger rating hitting very high today.
The fire ban came into force at midnight on Monday and will run through until midnight on Saturday.
It covers the Gold Coast, Scenic Rim and Logan while a ban has also been declared in the Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Ipswich local government areas.
All fire permits have been cancelled in those areas.
Power tools can still be used by QFES is urging people to be extra careful.
Temperatures will start to soar from today with the Gold Coast forecast to hit 29 degrees with strong northwesterly winds ahead of a gusty southerly change this afternoon.
Wednesday will be a milder 26 degrees with southeasterly winds before things start to deteriorate again from Thursday with northerly winds forecast along with tops of 30.
Friday is expected to be the most dangerous day with severe fire conditions expected.
Tops of 33 degrees are forecast with strong northwesterly winds.
Officials are continuing to monitor a bushfire that has been burning for some time in defence land near Lower Beechmont.
Local crews say they’re not overly concerned about it at the moment but will keep watch over coming days as conditions worsen.