QFES warns unseasonable conditions cause summer holiday fire risk.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is reminding everyone that heightened bushfire risk conditions will continue as school holidays and festive activities begin. Rural Fire Service (RFS) Assistant Commissioner Tom Dawson said fire activity usually lessened as storms and wet weather began in Queensland, but the start of summer this year had brought with it soaring temperatures and dry conditions, resulting in very high fire conditions for much of the state. “Firefighters responded to several vegetation fires across the state on the weekend, and they are continuing to work towards extinguishing a number of others,” Mr Dawson said. “Crews have hit the ground running again this week, and are prepared to respond should more bushfires threaten. “It is important for everyone to be well prepared for the predicted fire danger ratings (FDR), as we rely on the community to assist us by being prepared for fires in their area and reporting fires quickly. “The earlier we are made aware of fires, the quicker we can respond and control them, and we urge residents to report all bushfires immediately.” Mr Dawson said Queenslanders could experience smoky conditions on the roads over the coming days, and warned that safety should be the priority. “With school holidays well and truly on the radar, many people will start their vacations by hitting the road,” he said. “Before heading away during the school holidays, we encourage residents to remain informed about bushfire activity in their area as well as the areas they are travelling through and to. “With a potential for increased fire activity in over the coming days, it is likely that you will see our trucks on the road. “We ask motorists to give way to our trucks, and to slowdown when you see firefighters on the side of the road.
“It is also vital you drive to conditions, as smoke can decrease visibility on the road. Slowing down can ensure you remain safe, and also safeguard the well-being of our firefighters.” Queenslanders can stay informed of fires by visiting the RFS website, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) social media pages or tuning in to local radio. For information on fire danger ratings and information on bushfire preparation visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.
The image shown is real footage of a helicopter preparing to drop water onto a massive pine forest fire.