QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services is urging southwest residents to remain alert over the weekend as heightened fire conditions are predicted.
Rural Fire Service regional manager Tony Johnstone said parts of the region were expected to experience a very high fire danger and firefighters were monitoring conditions closely.
"Firefighters are keeping a close eye on areas from Injune right down to the border at Goondiwindi, and out to Cameron's Corner,” Mr Johnstone said.
"We will see a very high fire danger across the region on Saturday, so we're asking residents to be mindful of the conditions and take extra care.
"It's dry as a bone out there, so unless it is absolutely necessary, residents should avoid any activity that could start a fire.”
Mr Johnstone asked residents to be mindful of using any power tools or machinery outdoors, as fires can move quickly in forecast conditions.
"Residents should avoid using power tools near grass or vegetation, and keep a working hose or bucket of water nearby to quickly contain any fires,” he said.
"When the land is this dry, a spark from a power tool or heat from a tractor exhaust could be enough to spark a bushfire.”
Mr Johnstone also encouraged any landowners planning a permitted burn over the weekend to hold off until the weather improves.
"The conditions are widespread, so despite having a permit to light, landowners should check in with their local fire warden and rural fire brigade before they conduct their burns,” he said.
"They will be able to advise when hazard reduction burns should be conducted and provide you with information on how to be prepared during bushfire season.
"Preparation is important, so I strongly recommend people visit the RFS website to download a Bushfire Survival Plan,” he said.
To locate your local fire warden, and to keep up-to-date on bushfire preparation, visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au. Remember to report all bushfires to Triple Zero (000) immediately.
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