Heat puts crews on alert
QFES urges landowners to take precautions this weekend
THE heatwave may have eased, but North Burnett isn’t out of the woods yet for fires.
Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan has urged landowners to check on any fires that have been burning in the past few days to ensure they are extinguished.
“In these conditions, even the smallest spark from a dropped cigarette butt or a power tool can start a potentially disastrous fire,” Mr Ryan said.
“Firefighters from both our Fire and Rescue Service and Rural Fire Service have been kept busy over the past few days.
“Several have already had to be treated for heat stress and exhaustion due to the work load and hot conditions.”
Local SES controller Brian Lowe said the SES would have enough members to help should another fire break out.
“Right throughout the state we help the firies out, it’s part of our role,” Mr Lowe said.
Temperatures in the North Burnett have gone over 40 in some areas and are expected to get as high as 37°C this Saturday.
BOM Meteorologist Sean Fitzgerald said the heat wave may be winding down in the area. “Saturday and Sunday will be the warmest days, Sunday will see the chance of a storm and a cool change moving through,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
“So you’ll find after Sunday it should cool down for a bit.”
For more information on the bushfire community warnings system, visit: https://ruralfire.qld.gov. au/BushFire_Safety/ Pages/Tune-in-to-warnings .aspx