Bushfire battles rage on
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.