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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Very high, severe and extreme fire weather forecast prompts call for caution from QFRS

Predictions of very high, severe and extreme fire weather across much of the state in the coming days has prompted a plea from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) for Queenslanders to prepare for possible fires and remain vigilant.

An extreme to severe fire danger rating has been forecast for Quilpie, Charleville, Blackall, Longreach and Cunnamulla for today and tomorrow. 

A very high fire danger rating has also been forecast for Mt Isa, Birdsville, Cloncurry, St George, Roma, Ballera, Windorah, Tambo, Emerald, Moranbah, Richmond and Hughenden and surrounding areas in coming days.  

Acting Assistant Commissioner Rural Operations Paul Adcock said it was important for residents to keep a close eye on Fire Danger Ratings in their local area. 

“It’s also important for travelling motorists to be aware of the Fire Danger Rating in the areas they are travelling through and at their destination,” Mr Adcock said. 

“Fire Danger Ratings take into account temperature, humidity, wind speed and dryness of vegetation on each particular day. 

The rating can advise residents and motorists in advance of what action they should take if fire breaks out.  

Ratings can range from Low to Moderate to Catastrophic.  

Mr Adcock urged residents in areas of heightened fire danger to start preparing their properties now and visit the Rural Fire Service website to download a bushfire survival plan. 

“If they haven’t done so already, residents should take the necessary steps to prepare their homes for a bushfire event in the area,” Mr Adcock 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.”  

Mr Adcock reminded residents of the current Fire Danger Period that will remain in place to midnight on Sunday, 1 January 2012. 

“The current Fire Danger Period rules dictate that Queenslanders are not allowed to light a fire, regardless of size, without a permit, except for a fire for cooking or warmth,” he said. 

More information about permits to light fire and on preparing for bushfire season can be found by visiting .