FIREFIGHTERS are bracing for another challenging few days ahead, with latest figures showing 114 fires were reported across Queensland last night.
Forty-six vegetation fires and exposures were recorded in the South Eastern Region between 4pm on Saturday and 8am Sunday.
A further 21 incidents were reported in the North Coast Region, 15 in the Northern Region, 12 in Brisbane and another nine the Central Region.
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Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said the fires were in addition to the almost 100 blazes that were reported across the state on Saturday.
“Our hard-working Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) staff and volunteers are being kept busy, and the threat isn’t easing as unfavourable weather combines with a dry fuel-load to ignite fires across the state,” Mr Crawford said.
“Fresh and gusty south to south easterly winds and dry conditions are producing Severe Fire Dangers over the Gulf Country, and Very High is most other areas.
“There is no room for complacency. The current dry conditions mean even the smallest fire has the potential to spread quickly.”
Local fire bans remain in place for the Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer, Logan, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast local government areas.
“I’m urging Queenslanders to monitor conditions and stay up-to-date with warnings,” Mr Crawford said.
“Machinery such as tractors, slashers, welders and grinders can start grass fires, so anyone undertaking work around their property needs to do so with extreme caution.
“If you need to undertake these activities during dry conditions, you need to have appropriate resources to extinguish a fire if one starts.”
Mr Crawford urged people to report fires to Triple Zero (000).
“The sooner QFES can respond, the sooner crews can have the fire under control.
“It’s also vital people have a Bushfire Survival Plan, outlining what actions they will take to protect their family and property if a fire threatens.”