QFES warns of extreme fire danger in South West Qld


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is on alert with what they describe as fire conditions that haven’t been seen in more than a decade.

QFES are urging south-west residents to be prepared and alert as fire danger rises to extreme in some parts of the region this weekend.

South West Rural Fire Service (RFS) Regional Manager Tony Johnstone says extreme conditions were expected around Charleville, and out to Mitchell.

He says firefighters would also keep a close eye on areas from Crows Nest right down to the border at Stanthorpe, and out to Dalby.

“It’s important for residents to remain vigilant with heightened fire conditions predicted in the coming days.”

“This weekend is not a good time to be lighting open fires, including campfires, and using machinery or tools which could spark a bushfire. One spark from power tools, farm machinery or a cigarette butt could be enough to start a massive bushfire.”

“Any fire that starts will travel quickly, will be unpredictable and very difficult to control.”

Mr Johnstone says isolated storms expected on the weekend and in parts of the regions won’t help.

“These storms are not predicted to bring much rain with them, but they may produce dry lightning which could spark bushfires,” he said.

“We have extra resources on standby for the weekend, however firefighters rely on residents to report fire emergencies and to alert the fire service by dialing Triple Zero (000).”

Mr Johnstone is urging residents to ensure their family was prepared if a bushfire threatened their property.

“It is essential for everyone to have a Bushfire Survival Plan to detail exactly how to prepare and what action to take if threatened by a bushfire.”

“The plan must be in writing, practiced regularly and take into consideration the ages and physical capabilities of everyone in the household, including children and the elderly.”