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Queensland braces for severe to extreme fire conditions

3/12/2012

Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) are urging Queenslanders to be bushfire prepared as three-quarters of the State braces for what may be the most severe fire conditions seen this season.

Mr Dempsey said the sustained heat, combined with the reduction in humidity, will result in severe to extreme fire danger.

“Approximately three-quarters of the State, south to the New South Wales border, west to the Northern Territory Border, east to the coastline and as far north as Charters Towers will be impacted from tomorrow,” Mr Dempsey said.

“While currently there are no fires posing immediate threat to life and property, prevention will be the key over the coming days.

“The messages are clear – prepare now, don’t light fires as conditions are far too dangerous, use extreme caution with power tools, slashers and other types of machinery and ensure all fires are fully extinguished.

“If they haven’t done so already residents should also become familiar with their bushfire survival plan and the types of warnings they may receive in the event of a bushfire.”

QFRS Commissioner Lee Johnson said fire permits had already been suspended across parts of the State.

“Residents who have obtained a Permit to Burn should defer any burning to a more suitable time as conditions are far too risky. I urge everyone in the affected areas to monitor the Rural Fire website and make contact with their local fire wardens to determine if fire bans apply to them,” Mr Johnson said.

“Additional resources have also been mustered across the State to respond to potential fires.

“A strike team from Toowoomba arrived in Roma yesterday and incident control points have been established in Warwick, Dalby and Roma. Six water bombers and two aerial support aircrafts are also positioned across various parts of south western Queensland.”

For further information during the event of a bushfire regularly tune into warnings by listening to your local radio and logging on to the Rural Fire Website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

Contact for media enquiries: DCS media unit on (07) 3635 3310.


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