Fire ban in place across the re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS | WELCOME -

RES­I­DENTS are urged to stay alert, as yes­ter­day marked the peak of the fire dan­ger across the Bur­nett re­gion.

The Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy is­sued the se­vere fire dan­ger warn­ing for the South and North Bur­nett.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Harry Clark said with cur­rent weather fore­casts, the fire warn­ing is likely to drop back to very high to­day.

"Com­bine the dry con­di­tions, windy con­di­tions and hot con­di­tions, and that makes se­vere fire dan­ger rat­ings," he said.

In the north, there were some slightly warmer pock­ets around Gayndah and Monto.

Bur­nett res­i­dents are urged to be sun smart with the UV in­dex pre­dicted to reach ex­treme.

The Queens­land Govern­ment has put a fire ban in place for the North and South Bur­nett coun­cil ar­eas and the Cher­bourg Abo­rig­i­nal Shire coun­cil area.

The ban ap­plied from 10am Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 28 to 10am Fri­day, Novem­ber 30.

All per­mits to light fires pre­vi­ously is­sued in these ar­eas are can­celled.

The Queens­land Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice ad­vises res­i­dents to ac­tion their bush­fire sur­vival plan now and mon­i­tor the fire and weather sit­u­a­tions through me­dia out­lets and www.ru­ral­fire.qld.gov.au.

Queens­land Act­ing Chief Health Of­fi­cer Dr Sonya Ben­nett is urg­ing peo­ple to take pre­cau­tions against de­hy­dra­tion and other heat-re­lated con­di­tions.

"Be alert to the symp­toms of heat-re­lated ill­nesses which can range from heat rash, mus­cle cramps, and heavy sweat­ing, to pale­ness, dizzi­ness, nau­sea, vom­it­ing and faint­ing," she said.

An­other round of heat is fore­cast for Sun­day and Mon­day next week, wel­com­ing sum­mer.

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