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Residents urged to prepare for heightened fire danger

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) are urging residents in the south west to be vigilant with very high to severe fire conditions predicted in the coming days.

QFRS South Western Regional Manager of Rural Operations Wayne Waltisbuhl says firefighters are monitoring conditions and preparing for potential grass fires.

"Landowners who have conducted hazard reduction burns recently are strongly encouraged to take immediate steps to ensure their fire has been properly extinguished," he says.

"Landowners who have conducted burns are also asked to make sure residual fires are contained so they will not escape."

He says it is vital residents working with power tools and machinery take great care.

"Sparks from machinery can easily ignite grassland and a major fire can take hold very quickly. Landowners should minimise the risk of a fire starting by taking precautions and having firefighting equipment present to extinguish any fire," he says.

In addition, he says residents should finalise any outstanding bushfire preparations around their properties.

"If residents haven't already, I urge them to visit the Rural Fire Service website to download a bushfire survival plan so that no one is caught off guard," he says.

"Also make sure you're tuning into warnings by regularly listening to ABC Radio and logging on to our website."


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