Crews battle blaze near Mt Morgan as fire danger rises

MULTIPLE crews are on scene at a vegetation grass fire burning at Ohl Rd and the Capricorn Hwy west of Mount Morgan.

Firefighters are working to bring the fire under control by putting in containment lines and completing backburning in the area.

There is currently no threat to properties, but the fire is causing a smoke haze in the area.

Residents in the area are advised to keep their doors and windows closed and if they are susceptible to respiratory illnesses, keep their medication close by.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution and be aware of fire crews in the area.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents across Central Queensland to take extra care today with a widespread, heightened fire danger forecast for the region.

Regional manager of rural operations for Central Region Brian Smith said that fire prevention was pertinent during these conditions, which would include very hot and dry winds.

"We're expecting severe fire danger in the Central Highlands, Coalfields and Channel Country," Mr Smith said.

"It is expected temperatures could reach up to 36 degrees, relative humidity will be down to around 10 per cent and winds could reach up to 45 km/hr. Locations which may be affected include areas around Emerald and Longreach.

"It is important residents take extra care as conditions can make it very difficult to contain vegetation fires.

"Residents conducting permit burns must follow the conditions of the permit and ensure containment lines are secured.

"Due to the increased fire danger, they should consider delaying burns. For further information, they can contact their local fire warden or area office."

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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