High fire risk to continue into weekend

BE ALERT: Mr Roche said all fires should be reported to Triple Zero (000) immediately.
BE ALERT: Mr Roche said all fires should be reported to Triple Zero (000) immediately.

RESIDENTS are urged to obey local fire bans as heightened fire conditions are experienced across the state.

Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson Steve Hadley said he wanted people to take care across the weekend, with the high fire risk expected to continue into early next week.

“Over the next few days temperatures are going to heat up across many parts of state and they are going to be quite unusual for the time of year, for September,” he said.

“We are going to be seeing temperatures increasing and also the winds increasing, which will elevate the fire danger.”

QFES Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche said a warm and dry winter meant withered grass, parched bushland and dead leaves had become primed to burn.

“The high level of fire activity is uncharacteristic for this time of year,” he said.

“The ground is exceptionally dry and large parts of Queensland are like a powder keg right now.”

Mr Roche said all fires should be reported to Triple Zero (000) immediately.

“The sooner people make the call, the sooner we can respond,” he said.

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