Heat puts crews on alert

QFES urges landown­ers to take pre­cau­tions this week­end

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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

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