High temperatures and wind increase fire danger

IPSWICH residents are being advised to be cautious and vigilant with a heightened fire danger forecast across large parts of the state in the coming days.

Rural Fire Service Queensland Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant said crews were preparing for potential vegetation fires as the danger rating climbed to very high to severe in some areas.

"Heightened fire danger is predicted for tomorrow and Thursday along most of the Queensland coast south of Mackay all the way south to the border. There is also heightened risk for all of inland Queensland," he said.

"Some locations may experience high temperatures, low relative humidity and strong winds which together will make it difficult for firefighters to contain any vegetation fires that flare up."

Mr Gallant said it was crucial for residents to finalise preparing their properties and visit the Rural Fire Service website to download a bushfire survival plan.

"Landowners who have conducted hazard reduction burns recently are strongly encouraged to ensure their fire has been properly extinguished," he said. "We are also asking people to ensure they do not throw cigarette butts out of the car window and be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas."

Visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

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