Central Queensland residents urged to prepare for bushfires

WITH a heightened fire danger forecast across the weekend the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents across Central Queensland to be vigilant, with fire prevention pertinent.

QFRS Central Region Acting Regional Manager of Rural Operations Tony Johnstone said urban and rural firefighters were well prepared to fight potential fires.

"Until we receive substantial amounts of rain, residents need to remain cautious as the high temperatures and relative low humidity can make it very difficult to contain vegetation fires," Mr Johnstone said.

"Residents conducting permit burns must follow the conditions of the permit and ensure containment lines are secured. For further information, they should contact their local Fire Warden or area office."

Mr Johnstone said it was vital that residents working with power tools and machinery take care.

"Sparks from grinders and other common machinery can easily ignite grassland and a major bushfire can take hold very quickly," he said.

"Landowners should minimise the risk of a fire starting by taking precautions and having firefighting equipment available to extinguish any fire."

With number of active bushfires still burning across the region, it is crucial residents made sure they were doing all they could to prepare their homes and properties.

"Bushfires burning in the vicinity of Opalton, near Winton, and Stewarton in the Central Highlands are being managed by local rural fire brigades and landholders at this time and pose no threat to property," he said.

"If they haven't already, I urge residents to finalise preparations and visit the Rural Fire Service website to download a bushfire survival plan so that no one is caught off guard.

"If residents have any concerns about fires impacting on their property or wish to report an unattended fire burning in their local area, they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

"Residents can tune into warnings by listening to their local radio and logging on to the Rural Fire website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au"

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