Heightened fire conditions predicted in region

HEIGHTENED fire conditions are predicted for the region today and in coming days, with the Rural Fire Service Queensland urging residents to be vigilant.

Northern region manager Ken Beasley said precautions were being taken by firefighters to prepare for potential vegetation fires during the heightened conditions.

"Severe fire danger is predicted for the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders areas tomorrow and Saturday," Mr Beasley said.

"Very high fire danger has also been forecast for the Peninsula, North Tropical Coast, Tablelands,  North West, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central West, Central Highlands and Capricornia areas today and in coming days.

"Despite recent rainfall experienced in some of these areas, we want residents to pay attention to forecasts and take care during heightened fire conditions.

Far northern region manager Tony Hazell said warm temperatures combined with low humidity and strong winds made conditions perfect for fires to spark and spread quickly. 

"These conditions also make it difficult to contain vegetation fires, so we're asking residents to take extra care and be alert," Mr Hazell said.

"Landowners who have conducted hazard reduction burns recently are strongly encouraged to take immediate steps to ensure their fire had been properly extinguished, and residents wishing to light a fire should seek a permit before doing so."

Further information on bushfire preparation can be found at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

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