Bush­fire bat­tles rage on

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

RE­LIEF is not yet in sight for Queens­land as it suf­fers an ex­treme heat­wave and bat­tles more than 100 bush­fires that have led to one fa­tal­ity.

Au­thor­i­ties say it will be days be­fore se­vere con­di­tions ease across the state, with a fore­cast of dry light­ning in­creas­ing the chance of more bush­fires and the pos­si­bil­ity of a cy­clone form­ing off the north coast.

Tas­ma­nia Fire Ser­vice and the state’s Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice yes­ter­day de­ployed a sec­ond con­tin­gent of 42 front­line fire­fight­ers to help bat­tle the fires sweep­ing across Queens­land.

The fire­fight­ing co­hort, made up of vol­un­teers and ca­reer staff, will aid Queens­land crews as ex­perts pre­dict the hot con­di­tions will con­tinue.

An in­creased fire dan­ger has been pre­dicted for the south­east­ern quar­ter of Queens­land due to in­creased wind con­di­tions, heat and “ready dry fuel”, the weather bureau said.

The warn­ings come af­ter a cen­tral Queens­land man died while clear­ing a fire­break on his fam­ily’s prop­erty south of Emer­ald. The man, 21, ap­peared to have been try­ing to cut down a tree with a chain­saw when it fell and trapped him on Fri­day night.

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