Fire risk warning across the state

A water dump by fire fighters at a fire in Jubilee Pocket last month.
A water dump by fire fighters at a fire in Jubilee Pocket last month. Peter Carruthers

AMID warnings of a high fire danger across Queensland this weekend, it is important to take action to reduce the risk.

Higgins Storm Chasing has issued a warning with respect to a trough entering South-Western Queensland which will produce strong and dry north-westerly winds combined with temperatures expected to reach the high 30s to low 40s.

Large parts of Queensland are also on alert, with the Whitsunday region deemed to be at "high risk”.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Lauren Murphy said temperatures were expected to be in the low 30 degree range for the region this weekend.

Queensland Rural Fire service general manager Andrew Houley said there were many factors in play which could lead to more fires.

"Canopy leaves ripped from trees onto the ground after Cyclone Debbie has lifted the fuel load to two and a half times above what is normal,” he said.

Mr Houley urged people to clear their gutters and yards and ensure a water source was readily available.

Topics:  fire heatwave risk warning

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