Ominous weather puts Queensland on fire watch

The State has been put on high alert with fears warm temperatures today and winds of up to 70km/h could cause a spark a bushfire disaster.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe fire warning for the Gulf Country through to the Darling Downs and east to the coastline.

“A very dry air mass will combine with fresh to strong and gusty southeast to south-westerly winds over north-western and south-eastern parts of the state to produce severe fire dangers,” the warning said.

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RACQ’s Kirsty Clinton said home owners needed to ensure they were prepared.

“We are officially in bushfire season and have seen a number of damaging fires in the past few weeks and today’s conditions are a real concern,” Ms Clinton said.

“Now is the time to have your bushfire emergency plan in place and make sure you’ve discussed with your family what you would do if a bushfire broke out around your home.”

There were currently a number of small blazes being monitored by the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and the Rural Fire Service.

RACQ’s top tips for bushfire preparedness:

  • Prepare a bushfire survival plan
  • Mow the lawn regularly
  • Remove dry grass, dead leaves and branches from yards
  • Move any flammable items such as wood piles away from the house
  • Trim low-lying branches
  • Keep gutters clear of leaf litter
  • Know the fire risk in your local area
  • Check and adhere to local fire restrictions.