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
- 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.