Queensland’s fire season has begun with some drought-hit communities on edge and potential catastrophic fire conditions for some pockets of the state.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service fire danger index says a catastrophic rating means a fire will burn so fast and hot it will be uncontrollable.

WHAT CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED

  • Parts of the southwest and southeast including the southeast coast are predicted to have severe or extreme fire conditions with some localised conditions possibly reaching catastrophic.
  • It is a hotter than usual start to spring with Brisbane headed for 34C, the Gold Coast 30C, the Sunshine Coast 31C, and Beaudesert 35C.
  • A trough is expected to push hot dry westerly winds from Queensland’s interior towards the coast.
  • Isolated areas of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt regions could reach catastrophic fire danger.

WHAT THE FIREFIGHERS ARE DOING

  • Several water-bombing aircraft are on standby, ready to respond from Toowoomba, Boonah, Bundaberg and Giru.
  • Water tankers are in position and on stand by in some areas.

WHAT TO DO

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  • Make sure you have bushfire survival plans.
  • Monitor fire and weather situations on local radio or other media outlets.
  • Call call Triple Zero (000) if concerned your property is under threat from fire.

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Don’t use outdoor machinery near vegetation because one stray spark is all it takes to start a bushfire.
  • Don’t use slashers, lawn mowers, tractors and brush cutters, grinders and welders.
  • Don’t light fires.

WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT?

  • Most southern inland national parks and forests west of Beaudesert will be closed. Others will have fire restrictions in place until conditions ease.

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