Heightened fire danger set to continue across Moreton Bay Region & Queensland
The Rural Fire Service (RFS) is urging residents of Moreton Bay Region & Queenslanders to remain on alert with heightened fire conditions predicted across most of the State today and in coming days.
RFS Assistant Commissioner Tom Dawson said a very high fire danger rating was in place for north-western parts of Queensland; Central Highlands and Coalfields and all along the eastern coastline due to changing weather conditions.
“This very high fire danger rating is going to result in warmer temperatures, very low humidity and increased winds which may create dangerous conditions and cause fires to spread quickly,” Mr Dawson said.
“While firefighters are taking precautions to prepare for the heightened fire conditions, we’re also asking residents to be extra vigilant and proactive in reporting bushfires.
“There has been a number of fires reported across Queensland recently that are being investigated as suspicious.
“The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Fire Investigation Unit and Queensland Police Service Arson Squad will be monitoring all fire developments to determine if any criminal or negligent actions are occurring.
“The public can help by reporting any suspicious behaviour to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or contacting their local police station. If you see something, or know something, say something.”
Mr Dawson said landholders wanting to light a fire in the open should ensure they speak to their local fire warden first and have a permit to light the fire, particularly during very high fire danger.
“The Permit to Light Fire system is in place to ensure burns are conducted during appropriate weather conditions and emergency services are notified,” he said.
“Landowners who have conducted burns recently must take immediate steps to ensure their fire has been properly extinguished and residual fires are contained.”
Mr Dawson said all residents across Moreton Bay Region & Queensland, particularly those who lived near bushland, should have a Bushfire Survival Plan.
“If they haven’t already, I urge residents to finalise preparations on their property and visit the RFS website to download a Bushfire Survival Plan so that no one is caught off guard during these dangerous conditions,” he said.
“It is essential 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.”
If residents became concerned about threat to their property during a bushfire, they were advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Further information on bushfire preparation can be found at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au