RURAL FIRE BRIGADE: Rural Fire Service Barcaldine Emerald Area Training and Support Officer Alan Johnson with a Rural Fire Service fire truck.
RURAL FIRE BRIGADE: Rural Fire Service Barcaldine Emerald Area Training and Support Officer Alan Johnson with a Rural Fire Service fire truck. Jessica Dorey

Fire danger very high: be vigilant

REMINDERS are being issued to Central Highlands residents to be vigilant as fire danger remains very high.

Rural Fire Service Emerald and Barcaldine Area Inspector Tony Stroud said the fire danger was due to the combination of hot days, low dew point and low humidity.

"The recent weather has dried the fuel out,” Insp Stroud said.

"During this time, people need to be vigilant and ensure they don't spark a fire,” he said.

Insp Stroud said people driving along highways should not throw cigarette butts out the window because it could spark a fire.

Local land holders also need to take care and be prepared during this time, he said.

"Land holders should ensure they have breaks around their property,” he said.

"They should have a fire plan in place and if there is any sign of smoke ring 000.”

With such a high fire danger Insp Stroud said it was also possible for machinery to create a spark.

"Sparks from welders and tractors may cause a fire,” he said.

"Land holders should ensure they have a bottle of water or a water source while using machinery to defuse any sparks.”

Insp Stroud said the fire danger was expected to remain very high until rain.

Residents are encouraged to contact their local rural brigade for advice on how to protect their property.


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