Queenslanders warned of bushfire threat

As Queensland braced itself for three days of increased fire risk, RACQ has urged homeowners to prepare their properties and to stay informed of warnings.

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford warned forecasts had suggested a heightened fire risk from Friday and throughout the weekend.

“QFES reports firefighters have responded to more than 1,000 fires since August 15 across the State – and they are bracing for another busy period,” Mr Crawford said.

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RACQ’s Kirsty Clinton urged Queenslanders to act now to prepare their homes and families.

“Homeowners should start preparing their properties now by clearing gutters, trimming back trees and removing excess foliage and debris from around the yard,” Ms Clinton said.

“It’s also important to speak with your family about what you would do and where you would go if faced with a bushfire warning. Would you stay and defend your home, or would you leave? If you plan to leave, discuss who would pick up kids and pets and where you would meet.

“Now is also a good time to locate your emergency kit and make sure all foods and medications are still in date.”