FIREFIGHTERS in Queensland are bracing for dangerous fire weather across much of the state over the next three days.
A weather system pushing through south-western Queensland is expected to deliver strong winds today, combining with warm temperatures and already dry conditions.
The system is then expected to affect south eastern and central Queensland on Saturday before progressing further north on Sunday.
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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the forecast had firefighters on high alert.
“Our firefighters are well prepared to tackle this weekend’s forecast conditions and are ready to respond if needed,” Ms Carroll said.
“However, we still ask that the community be on high alert during this time.
“The smallest spark from power tools or machinery has the potential to start a fire in these conditions and residents should ensure they clear any flammable debris from around their home.
“It is also vital motorists do not throw cigarette butts from vehicles, which could put lives at risk.”
Ms Carroll said firefighters had responded to more than 1,000 fires since August 15 in locations right across the State, demonstrating that fires can start anywhere.
“I urge people to keep up-to-date on bushfire conditions in their local area by visiting the Rural Fire Service website,” she said.
“It is important residents are prepared for a bushfire, know what they will do if they have to leave their home and have a plan that details where they will go.
“Residents should remain informed by tuning into warnings via social media and their local radio stations. Of course, if property is ever under threat, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.”
Keep up to date on bushfire conditions and restrictions via the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Facebook and Twitter as well as ruralfire.qld.gov.au.
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said residents can play a part in helping reduce the bushfire threat by clearing fuel from their yards.
“These measures can include clearing leaves, twigs, bark and debris from roofs and gutters, and trimming low-lying branches around the home or yard,” Mr Crawford said.
“All of these actions, no matter how small they may seem, can make a big difference in an emergency.”
Mr Crawford also urged motorists to remain alert when driving near emergencies such as bushfires.
“I’m asking drivers to slow-down if they see emergency vehicles – not only for their own safety, but for the well-being of the hard-working crews responding to any incidents,” Mr Crawford said.
People are being urged to report fires to Triple Zero (000).