Queensland firefighters brace for busy period as bushfire risk increases

Published: Comments:
Emergency Information Environment Law & Safety Queensland Government Weather

Social:   

Extra crews remain on standby across the state as the risk of bushfires starting and spreading escalates over the next three days, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said today (Saturday).

Speaking in Townsville, Mr Crawford said the heightened threat was due to the “forecast of strong winds combined with bone dry grass and bushland”.

“The latest update from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is that there are almost 30 bushfire incidents across the state,” Mr Crawford said.

“Thankfully QFES' hard-working crews were able to contain a large, fast moving grass fire which threatened structures at Kingaroy yesterday afternoon.

“Extra crews remain on standby across the state, with the Bureau of Meteorology outlook indicating a very high fire danger for the next three days.

“Forecast wind gusts combining with warm weather and parched grass and bushland are expected to fuel fires – which we've seen spread very quickly.

“This latest threat follows a tremendous effort by QFES staff and volunteers last weekend, when 230 vegetation fires and exposures were reported across the state - a clear sign the fire season is about four to six weeks ahead of schedule.”

Mr Crawford reminded residents that fire bans had been imposed in the Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer, Logan, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast local government areas.

The bans, which took effect at midnight on Wednesday, August 15 will remain in place until midnight this Monday.

Permits to light fires were suspended in Moreton Bay, Brisbane and Redland City local government areas from midnight on Thursday, August 16 and will remain in place until conditions improve.

Mr Crawford encouraged everyone in the community to review and practice their Bushfire Survival Plan.

“It is vitally important to be prepared and people should have a Bushfire Survival Plan so they know what actions they would take if a bushfire were to threaten their home,” he said.

Mr Crawford urged people to report any sign of fire to Triple Zero (000).

KEEP UP-TO-DATE BY: •           Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES) •           Staying tuned to your local radio station

Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map
FURTHER INFORMATION: •           For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety •           For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
The Honourable Craig Crawford

 
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) : Queensland Government :
Emergency Services Complex, Cnr Park Road and Kedron Park Road, Kedron Queensland 4031, Queensland Wide
13 74 68
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) : Queensland Government
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Review into state's volunteer marine rescue services to commence next week 20 September 2018 | A wide-ranging review into Queensland’s volunteer marine rescue services will start on Monday (September 24), Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said today (Thursday). More information...
Disaster management briefing aims to make state safer ahead of summer storm season 17 September 2018 | Disaster management stakeholders will take part in an important briefing today (Monday) to “better understand Queensland’s current and future risks”, according to Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig... More information...
Unprecedented aerial support for Queensland firefighters this bushfire season 11 September 2018 | The largest aerial firefighting fleet assembled by QFES in Queensland will help give firefighters the “upper hand” this bushfire season, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said today (Tuesd... More information...
The knock on the door this Saturday could help save your life! 11 September 2018 | Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) staff and volunteers will be among thousands of emergency services personnel door-knocking homes across Queensland this Saturday (September 15), with a collective goal... More information...
Minister launches plan to help state’s emergency services combat climate change 07 September 2018 | Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today (Friday) launched the Emergency Management Sector Adaptation Plan (EM-SAP) – which will help Queensland prepare for, respond to and recover from the... More information...
Fire and Emergency Services Minister applauds QFES personnel returning from international wildfires 06 September 2018 | Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today (Thursday) praised the work of 13 Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) personnel, who are returning home after helping fight wildfires in the... More information...
QFES allocates first intake of additional Palaszczuk Government firefighters 05 September 2018 | Townsville, Maryborough, Cairns, the Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg and Charters Towers are the first regional centres to benefit from the Palaszczuk Government’s $29.5 million four-year commitment to provide 100 new... More information...
QFES partners with state’s building owners to cut unwanted alarm activations 02 September 2018 | Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is urging building owners and occupiers to play their part in further reducing the number of Unwanted Alarms (UAs) around the state. More information...
Queenslanders urged to keep up-to-date as bushfire threat flares 31 August 2018 | Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today (Friday) urged residents to stay informed as Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) warned of an increased fire threat for the next three days. More information...
New firefighter recruits assigned to regional centres across the state 28 August 2018 | Mr Crawford said the recruits would undergo 78 days of intensive training before being deployed in Ipswich (10); Townsville (7); Maryborough (4), Mackay (3), Gladstone (3), Rockhampton (2), Bundaberg (1) and... More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service