Bush Fire Care Please

With hot temperatures forecast for much of south-west Queensland today and in coming days, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) is urging all residents to remain vigilant.

fire-dangerRFS Regional Manager Tony Johnstone says a very high fire danger is forecast for the Maranoa, Warrego, Goondiwindi, Darling Downs, Southern Downs and Granite Belt regions today and into the weekend.

“During these heightened fire conditions, we’re asking residents to take extra care, be alert, and help to prevent bushfires.”

“Warm temperatures combined with low humidity and increased winds create conditions where fires may develop quickly, spread rapidly and become more intense.”

Mr Johnstone says residents should prepare their homes and properties early, so that no one is caught off guard.

“Make sure you finalize your preparations around the home and visit the RFS website to download practice your Bushfire Survival Plan.”

“In the coming days, be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas and never throw cigarette butts out of the car window.”

Landowners who had conducted hazard reduction burns should make sure residual fires were contained so that they will not escape.

“Under the forecast conditions, unattended or mismanaged fires may create sparks and cause fires to spread quickly.”

“We’re asking residents to be on the lookout, stay vigilant and report any bushfires to Triple Zero (000) immediately.”