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Meanwhile, all permits to burn had been revoked from Wednesday night through to midnight on Monday, due to concerns over the heatwave weather conditions.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



Relief from hot, sticky conditions on its way

Chance of a Saturday afternoon storm

Three news subscriptions and a free paper for $3 - saywhat?!

No Caption

FORGET everything you thought you knew about a great deal.

Man in custody following road and foot pursuit

Police generic.  Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Police followed the driver from Coominya to Toogoolawah

Local Partners

Madonna hopes for election unity

Madonna hopes Donald Trump's election will "bring people together"

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Chopper's Republic of Ipswich

HELLO: Chopper will perform his new show Anzakistan at the Racehorse Hotel next month.

Popular character returns

Ipswich house prices looking up in "seller's market”

Region's median house price climbed 1.4% to $325,000 and the median unit price fell 13.8% to $235,000 in the September quarter.

Median house price climbs 1.4% to $325,000 as unit price falls 13.8%

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

Work to be done before Hungry Jack's opens

Roadworks outside the Hungry Jack's restaurant at Brassall must be completed before it opens.

Ipswich residents will have to wait for their Whoppers

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!