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Fire Weather Warning - Locally Catastrophic Conditions

UPDATE | A Fire Weather Warning is current for the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs
and Granite Belt, Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast forecast districts.

Fire Weather Warning
for the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs
and Granite Belt, Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast forecast districts.

Issued at 4:37 am EST on Friday 6 September 2019.

Weather Situation
Severe to Extreme fire danger ratings are forecast to affect southern,
southeast and central Queensland today. Locally Catastrophic fire danger

Weather Situation
Severe to Extreme fire danger ratings are forecast to affect southern,
southeast and central Queensland on Friday. Locally Catastrophic fire danger
ratings are also possible across isolated parts of the southern interior of the
state.

Fresh to strong and gusty northwesterly winds are expected to bring hot, dry
conditions across the warning area today. A fresh and gusty southwesterly wind
change is expected to move across the southern interior of the state during
this afternoon and evening.

For the rest of Friday 6 September:

Extreme Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts:
Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt

Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts:
Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast

The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises you to:
- Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
- Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station,
www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
- Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.
For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au

EARLIER | A Fire Weather Warning is current for the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs
and Granite Belt, Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast forecast districts.

Issued at 3:12 pm EST on Thursday 5 September 2019.

Weather Situation
Severe to Extreme fire danger ratings are forecast to affect southern,
southeast and central Queensland on Friday. Locally Catastrophic fire danger
ratings are also possible across isolated parts of the southern interior of the
state.

Fresh to strong and gusty northwesterly winds are expected to bring hot, dry
conditions across the warning area on Friday. A fresh and gusty southwesterly
wind change is expected to move across the southern interior of the state
during Friday afternoon and evening.

For Friday 6 September:

Extreme Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts:
Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt

Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts:
Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast

The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises you to:
- Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
- Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station,
www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
- Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.
For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

The next warning will be issued by 5:00 am EST Friday. 

Firefighters are urging residents to remain vigilant as hot, dry and windy weather brings increased fire danger to southern Queensland.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Acting Commissioner Mike Wassing said crews responded to more than 40 bushfires state-wide on Wednesday.  

“We are seeing those increased fire conditions continue today and we expect them to worsen tomorrow,” Mr Wassing said.

“The Fire Danger Rating (FDR) will reach Severe and Extreme in Queensland’s south west and south east tomorrow.

“These conditions will be challenging for our firefighters, and bushfires which start will be fast-moving and hard to contain.

“This is the first time this bushfire season where we will experience conditions like this, and our highly trained and skilled firefighters are ready to respond if required.

“We also have several waterbombing aircraft on standby, ready to respond from Toowoomba, Boonah, Bundaberg and Giru.

Mr Wassing urged residents to be alert and avoid starting any fires.

“We ask residents to avoid using outdoor machinery near vegetation during these heightened fire conditions, as one stray spark is all it takes to start a bushfire,” he said.

“We are talking about any sort of machinery used in grassed or vegetated areas, such as slashers, lawn mowers, tractors and brushcutters.

“Similarly, we ask residents to avoid using tools such as grinders or welders during this time.”

Mr Wassing said local fire bans were in place for Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Redland, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Scenic Rim and Somerset Local Government areas until midnight Friday.

“A fire ban for Toowoomba, Southern Downs, Western Downs, Goondiwindi, Maranoa, Balonne, North Burnett, South Burnett, Cherbourg, Gympie, Maryborough and Bundaberg Local Government areas will be put in place from midnight tonight until midnight Friday,” he said.

“Residents should report any fires immediately to Triple Zero (000) and monitor bushfire warnings issued in their area.

“If a warning is issued, residents should follow the advice of QFES and other authorities.”

For bushfire warnings, local fire ban information and preparedness tips visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

EARLIER | Fire Weather Warning
for the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs
and Granite Belt, Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast forecast districts.

Issued at 1:42 pm EST on Thursday 5 September 2019.

Weather Situation
Severe to Extreme fire danger ratings are forecast to affect southern,
southeast and central Queensland on Friday. Locally Catastrophic fire danger
ratings are also possible across isolated parts of the southern interior of the
state.

Fresh to strong and gusty northwesterly winds are expected to bring hot, dry
conditions across the warning area on Friday. A fresh and gusty southwesterly
wind change is expected to move across the southern interior of the state
during Friday afternoon and evening.

For Friday 6 September:

Extreme Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts:
Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt

Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts:
Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast

The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises you to:
- Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
- Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station,
www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
- Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.
For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

The next warning will be issued by 5:00 pm EST Thursday.