High winds fan fire danger in region

THE wild fire alert has risen for the region.

Gladstone, Agnes Water, 1770, Captain Creek, Lowmead, Miriam Vale, Rosedale, Wartburg and Mt Larcom have moved to level two.

High winds across the region are expected to fan the flames of burn-offs, so land owners have been warned that permit-allowed fires must not go ahead.

Miriam Vale Rural Fire Brigade group officer John Hale said at least two trucks would attend fires and all volunteer firies were on alert.

"Level two is very high fire danger," Mr Hale said. "Over the weekend there will be strong winds.

"Just about all fire wardens will recall fire permits. Burns are not permitted - absolutely no fires are to be lit."

On Friday the Rural Fire Service Queensland urged land owners across the district to step up and take control of their fire management plans.

Central region manager Brian Smith said firefighters relied on the forward planning of residents.

The RFSQ website was the first port of call for organising fire preparations, he said.

"It is essential rural property owners complete this plan and submit it to their local Rural Fire Brigade, RFSQ area office or fire warden," Mr Smith said.

"Firefighters need the help and co-operation of rural property landholders, as well as your local knowledge, to ensure the best plan is firmly in place in the event a bushfire strikes."

The plans should include details of radio communication abilities, resources such as bores, dams and other bodies of water and a list of people who could be available to help out in a time of danger.

Mr Smith said lighting fires without a permit could land people in hot water.

"Current weather conditions are favourable for hazard reduction activities and landowners can conduct their own burns, following the issue of a permit," he said.

"Tough penalties apply for people who light fires without a permit."



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