News

Backup firefighters called for Ipswich's scorcher weekend

ADDITIONAL firefighters will be called in from the Gold Coast and Beaudesert this weekend to support Ipswich crews during what could be a dangerous weekend.

Temperatures are forecast to reach the low 40s, with north westerly winds tipped to peak at 50kmh on Sunday.

With humidity also down around 15%, it's a recipe for concern for firefighters.

Rural Fire Service Ipswich area director Corey Bock said the visiting crews would be stationed at Forest Hill, in the Lockyer Valley, in order to respond quickly to any threat from Laidley to Esk.

"We've had some issues around the Warrego Highway in general - as well as Esk - and we need those extra trucks on hand in that area," he said.

Several crews remained in Esk yesterday, after several fires suspected of being deliberately lit burned through about 300 hectares on Wednesday.

The fires continued to burn into inaccessible country in the Esk Mountain area, with crews pulling back but keeping the blaze under close watch.

Luckily, no people or properties were directly affected.

By the time the fire burns out, Mr Bock expected it to have ripped through up to 600 hectares of bushland.

"There were three suspicious fires on Wednesday and a few others around Esk over the last couple of weeks," Mr Bock said.

"The fires on Wednesday all started by the side of the road and you don't normally see that unless they have been deliberately lit.

"A pattern is starting to form."

Firefighters and police are working together as part of the investigation.

Meanwhile, all permits to burn had been revoked from Wednesday night through to midnight on Monday, due to concerns over the heatwave weather conditions.

Mr Bock said all brigades in the region had been notified.

Although a total fire ban will not be enforced, Mr Bock urged Ipswich residents to avoid lighting any type of fire.

Residents are urged to report fires immediately.

Topics:  editors picks fire danger heat weather



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Business owner, 71, hunts down graffiti artists

Graffiti damage at Barry Mills' business.

They saw three men spray tags on the Ipswich property

Inspirational swimmers conquer personal setbacks

NATIONAL PROSPECTS: CYMS St Edmund's swimmers Jordan Harton and Trae Norbury have been selected in a 2020 Tokyo Paralympics development squad.

St Edmund's duo invited to national camp

Two in hospital after crash - at hospital

Reports driver may have blacked out before collision

Local Partners

Kylie Minogue: I want to get married soon

Pop star Kylie Minogue has revealed she hopes to get married soon

Amanda Seyfried lets slip the sex of her baby

Amanda Seyfried has suggested the sex of her baby

Meet the Brisbane breakfast radio king's replacement

Craig Zonca ABC Radio

ABC announces Craig Zonca as the replacement for Spencer Howson

How predictable are your Netflix habits?

Stranger Things is taking the world by storm as a new-age nostalgic Sci-Fi Thriller

The new entertainment binging pattern

Kanye West is on the mend now he's back from hospital

Kanye West is more relaxed since returning home from hospital

WATCH: The young Aussie actor playing Barack Obama

A screenshot of the trailer for Barry, a new film from Netflix.

Aussie teen nails Obama's early university years

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

REVEALED: Timeline for CBD redevelopment

The new redevelopment of the CBD will take place in stages.

Lindsay gives the good oil on when the work will begin

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

PHOTOS: World class CBD to lift Ipswich

An artist's impressions of the future Ipswich city mall.

Grand plans to transform city heart unveiled today

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!