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Central Queensland residents urged to prepare for high fire danger

11/15/2012 9:00:02 AM

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is urging residents across central west Queensland, particularly those to the south west of Longreach and in and around Windorah, to be extra cautious and vigilant with a high grass fire danger rating predicted over the coming days.

QFRS Regional Manager of Rural Operations for Central Region Brian Smith said urban and rural firefighters were well prepared to fight potential fires but fire prevention was pertinent.

“Temperatures will be high and relative humidity will be low which can make it difficult to contain vegetation fires which flare up, so we’re asking residents to take extra care,” Mr Smith said.

“It is expected temperatures could reach up to 42 degrees, relative humidity will be down to around 10 per cent and winds could reach up to 35 km/hr. Locations which may be affected include areas around Longreach and Windorah.

“Residents conducting permit burns must follow the conditions of the permit and ensure containment lines are secured. If possible, they should consider delaying burns. For further information, they should contact their local fire warden or area office.”

Mr Smith said it was vital residents took great care when working with power tools and machinery.

“Sparks from grinders and other common machinery can easily ignite grassland and a major bushfire can take hold very quickly. Landowners should minimise the risk of a fire starting by taking precautions and having firefighting equipment available to extinguish any fire,” he said.

Mr Smith said with fire activity ramping up across the State, it was crucial residents made sure they were doing all they could to prepare their homes and properties.

“If they haven’t already, I urge residents to finalise preparing their property and visit the Rural Fire Service website to download a bushfire survival plan so that no one is caught off guard,” he said.

“Residents can tune into warnings by listening to their local radio and logging on to the Rural Fire website at .”

Contact for media enquiries: DCS media unit on (07) 3635 3310.

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