TAKE CARE: A high fire danger warning has been issued for the Central Highlands.
TAKE CARE: A high fire danger warning has been issued for the Central Highlands.

High fire danger in Central Highlands

THERE is a very high fire danger forecast for today and the coming days for the Central Highland and Coalfields and parts of the Maranoa and Warrego regions.

Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) Central Regional Manager Brian Smith said a surface trough extends from the northwest Channel Country to the southeast Maranoa and Warrego District.

"Dry and gusty south-east winds south of the trough and hot north-easterly winds north of the trough will lead to enhanced fire dangers," Mr Smith said.

"These conditions will escalate the fire danger to high to very high, making it difficult to contain vegetation fires, so we're asking residents to take extra care and be alert."

Mr Smith said landowners who had conducted hazard reduction burns recently were strongly encouraged to take immediate steps to ensure their fire had been properly extinguished.

"We are also asking landowners to consider delaying operating machinery that can cause sparks during these weather conditions. These sparks can easily ignite grassland and a major fire can take hold very quickly."

"If residents haven't already, I urge them to visit the Rural Fire Service website to download a bushfire survival plan so that no one is caught off guard," he said.

"Also make sure you're tuning into warnings by regularly listening to your local radio station and logging on to our website www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au "


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