A wet summer has left Queensland with a higher fuel load and possibly greater fire hazard as the weather warms up again.
A wet summer has left Queensland with a higher fuel load and possibly greater fire hazard as the weather warms up again. Jason South/Brisbane Times

Tough fire season warning

QUEENSLAND firefighters face a "challenging" bushfire season amid forecasts of worse-than-usual conditions, but the government says they will do all they can to reduce the risk.

Fire crews were last night fighting 10 bushfires across the state, including one burning at the rear of houses in Brisbane's northwest and seven around the Townsville area.

Two aircraft water bombed the slow-moving bushfire in the Brisbane suburb of Keperra, after the blaze started about 2.30pm, but authorities said there was no immediate threat to properties.
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Efforts to control the blazes came as the Bureau of Meteorology warned the Bligh Government of a higher fire risk this season due to vegetation growth caused by the big wet over summer.

Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said authorities would continue to carry out controlled burns to reduce the risk as much as possible.

"This year's bushfire season presents particular challenges for our fire authority," he said.

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