FIREFIGHTERS are preparing for an increase in bushfires over the coming days with a severe-to-extreme heatwave forecast to impact much of Queensland.
Assistant Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service Tom Dawson said bushfires would quickly become intense, uncontrollable and fast moving in the forecast conditions.
Mr Dawson said the hot and dry conditions would be the worst we’ve experienced this season and urged residents to report all fire activity immediately.
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“We’ve seen consistent bushfire activity since August but the forecast heatwave and dry conditions will be the worst we’ve experienced this season,” Mr Dawson said.
“Extreme temperatures will cause bushfire conditions to skyrocket, and we can expect to see a severe or very high fire danger rating over much of the state from today through to Tuesday.
“Any bushfire in these conditions has the potential to gain intensity very quickly and move rapidly, making it extremely difficult to contain,” Mr Dawson said.
“An uncontrollable fire is also unpredictable, and we are relying on the community to assist us in our efforts and help notify us of any bushfire activity.
“We need residents to report any bushfire to Triple Zero (000) immediately, as the sooner we can get crews on the ground, the quicker we can contain the fire.”
Mr Dawson said residents needed to stay up to date with warnings and ensure their families were prepared if a bushfire threatened their property.
“The best way for residents to remain informed of bushfire activity in their area is by staying up to date with bushfire warnings, it may well save your life,” Mr Dawson said.
“If you haven’t already, take some time to create and practice your Bushfire Survival Plan making sure your family’s prepared should a bushfire threaten your home.
“Residents need to take extreme care this weekend and caution should be taken when using power tools or heavy machinery and never throw a cigarette butt from your car, the smallest spark could start a fire.”
Residents can stay informed of fires in their area by visiting the Rural Fire Service website, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services social media pages or tuning into local radio.
Visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au to keep updated on fire danger ratings and information on bushfire preparation.