High Alert For The Region

All areas of the State are being urged to be bushfire-ready amid heightened fire conditions today and across the weekend.

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Firefighters are bracing for dangerous conditions with very high fire danger ratings expected to impact much of the state.

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.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll says 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.”

“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.”

“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.”