Hot and windy conditions are putting the region at risk of bushfires.
Hot and windy conditions are putting the region at risk of bushfires. Philippe Coquerand

HIGH ALERT: dangerous fire conditions in the south west

THE Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) is urging Queenslanders to be bushfire-ready this weekend, as current weather conditions are creating a volatile environment, and will continue to do so this weekend.

A weather system pushing through south-western Queensland is already delivering strong winds today, combining with warm temperatures and already dry conditions.

The system is then expected to affect south eastern and central Queensland on Saturday before progressing further north on Sunday.

QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the forecast had firefighters on high alert.

"Our firefighters are well prepared to tackle this weekend's forecast conditions and are ready to respond if needed,” Ms Carroll said.

"However, we still ask that the community be on high alert during this time.

"The smallest spark from power tools or machinery has the potential to start a fire in these conditions and residents should ensure they clear any flammable debris from around their home.

"It is also vital motorists do not throw cigarette butts from vehicles, which could put lives at risk.”

Residents should remain informed by tuning into warnings via social media and their local radio stations.

If property is ever under threat, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.


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