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.
Queensland’s unprecedented heatwave is set to get worse today, with worries about further fires breaking out. pic.twitter.com/8AGwPZHWQo
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) December 1, 2018
Authorities are also keeping a close eye on a developing cyclone off the northeast coast.
⚠️ HIGH chance (>50%) the low near PNG develop into #CycloneOwen.
It will stay well offshore Sunday/Monday. It's too early to forecast intensity or identify areas that may be impacted. The earliest that we may issue a TC track map is later tonight. Check https://t.co/T51HfA3bt0 pic.twitter.com/Dy72v2kojg
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) December 1, 2018
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.