Residents urged to prepare for heightened fire conditions
RURAL Fire Service Queensland urging Darling Downs residents to be vigilant, with heightened fire conditions predicted today and over the weekend.
RFSQ Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant said high and very high fire danger had been forecast across the state today, with severe fire danger forecast tomorrow for the Maranoa, Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt area.
Mr Gallant said residents should be on the lookout for vegetation fires that may have started as a result of lightning strikes in remote bushland or grassland, and should call 000 to report any fire activity.
"These conditions make it difficult to contain vegetation fires, so we're asking residents to take extra care and be alert," Mr Gallant said.
With fire activity ramping up across the state, it is crucial for residents to make sure they are doing all they can to prepare their homes and properties.
"If they haven't already, I urge residents to finalise preparations on their property and visit the Rural Fire Service Queensland website to download a bushfire survival plan so that no one is caught off guard," Mr Gallant said.
"We are also asking people to ensure they do not throw cigarette butts out of the car window and be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas."
Further information on bushfire preparation can be found at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.