Queensland bushfire danger to return to very high in days ahead

| 12.09,19. 09:29 AM |

Queensland bushfire danger to return to very high in days ahead

Photo: The fire danger in Queensland is set to get worse. (Supplied: Queensland Fire and Emergency Service.)

Fire conditions are forecast to worsen again tomorrow and Saturday when a dry wind is expected to blow across parts of southern Queensland, raising the fire danger rating from "high" to "very high".

Dozens of fires are still burning across the state.

While none pose an immediate threat, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner Neil Gallant said the Mount Usher fire at Rockhampton and the Gold Coast hinterland fire were still uncontained.

Mr Gallant said about 100 firefighters were arriving from interstate today to relieve Queensland crews that had been working "day and night for a week".

There was a short reprieve for firefighters yesterday, and that is expected to continue today.

Lower temperatures, a lighter onshore wind, and increased humidity are expected to bring moisture in the air today.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Livio Regano said a wind change tomorrow would bring a dry, south-westerly to South East Queensland and the Darling Downs and temperatures could reach 30 degrees Celsius.

"That's going to raise the fire danger rating, at this stage we're anticipating it will be very high, but probably not reaching warning category," he said.

"[Friday and Saturday] are the two worst days.

"Even on the Darling Downs it's going to get awfully high but not like it was.

"The winds won't get as strong and it's unlikely our fire danger ratings will get into the category for which we will need to reissue another warning."

Mr Gallant said conditions would not become as bad as last Friday, but fires could quickly escalate.

"Winds are our enemy," he said.

"With the very hot, dry weather we've had over the last couple of weeks, all of the vegetation is very, very dry.

"Any fires that start with any wind will run quite hard."

Mr Regano said there was no rain for the foreseeable future.

"It's such a terrible season and we haven't had rain for so long, until it rains every time there's any wind at all and the temperatures go above average, it's time to be concerned.

"That's the bottom line."

There was a chance that severe to extreme fire conditions could return next week.

BOM senior forecaster Gabriel Branescu said it was too early to say where and when those conditions would occur but it was likely to be Tuesday or Wednesday.

Temperatures again could hit above 30C.

"It looks like even hotter temperatures on the way, in the whole southern part of the state, [which] will cause fire dangers to maybe even go back to severe and extreme in the southern inland," Mr Branescu said.

Meanwhile, Queensland police said in a statement late on Wednesday that two teenagers had been charged over an alleged deliberately lit fire that destroyed bushland and forced residents to evacuate their homes in the Peregian area on the Sunshine Coast on Monday.

A 14-year-old boy from Peregian Springs and a 15-year-old girl from Coolum Beach girl were charged with endangering particular property by fire.

Grants were announced late yesterday for people affected by bushfires in Peregian Beach, Marcus Beach, Peregian Springs, Peregian Breeze Estate, and Weyba Downs.

They can access $180 per person, to a maximum of $900 for a family of five or more.


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