Fire warning with temps soaring
JUST when we thought we knew what the weather was doing we get a severe fire danger warning.
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) warning is unseasonable; Gympie's fire danger period usually lasts from September to November, while December through February is normally too wet to be a problem.
But the bulletin issued from the QFRS yesterday has asked all Gympie region residents to remain "alert and vigilant" for causes and signs of fire.
The Bureau of Meteorology says it has been perfect weather for fire with dry, fresh and gusty west to south-westerly winds across south-eastern Queensland.
Temperatures reached a hot 36 degrees, a couple of degrees less than expected, while relative humidity was down to 13% yesterday.
QFRS acting Assistant Commissioner for rural operations Ewan Cayzer said while it was unusual to see severe fire weather at this time of year in Queensland, it was important that people be aware of bushfire risks.
"Weather like this can cause even a small fire to get out of control very quickly and I am asking all residents who live in the Wide Bay, Burnett or south-east coast areas to avoid lighting any outdoor fires," he said.
"We are also asking people to ensure they are not throwing cigarette butts out of car windows and to be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas. One spark can result in a fire that can end up threatening properties and lives.
"We are currently outside of the traditional Queensland bushfire season but anyone lighting an outdoor fire larger than two metres in any direction requires a permit to do so, regardless of what time of year it is.
"You can obtain a fire permit for free from your local fire warden."
Mr Cayzer said it was important to call 000 immediately if you see a fire.
"The quicker we know about a fire the faster we can respond, which decreases the chances of fires getting out of control," he said.
Ewan Cayzer Weather like this can cause even a small fire to get out of control really quickly