Queensland bushfires to get ‘angry’ today as extreme heat grips state
Residents in bushfire-affected areas of Queensland are being reminded to stay alert, with temperatures in parts of the state set to soar into the mid-40s today.
- Fire crews bracing for a testing 24-48 hours, with no rain on the horizon for Queensland
- Temperatures forecast to soar to 45 degrees in some areas
- 110 fires still burning across the state, residents urged to remain vigilant
As more than 100 fires continue to burn around the state, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warned it could be three or four days before relief arrives, with no significant rain on the horizon in central Queensland.
But thunderstorms without rain are a very real possibility, which could mean an increased chance of fires started by dry lightning.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services deputy commissioner Mike Wassing said crews were prepared for the fires to get “angry” today.
“With the high temperatures, it’s going to get dry again this afternoon, or get windy into this afternoon and into tonight,” he said.
“The next 24 to 48 hours is going to be pretty tough for our communities and our firefighters.”
Easier conditions overnight allowed firefighters to consolidate containment lines in preparation for today, he said.
“We still have a watch and act at Captain’s Creek, in central Queensland there, that fire is still going to be active,” he said.
“Fires of concern that we still have are in central Queensland, a couple also in south-west, south-east — north Stradbroke Island is going to be very visible to anyone on the coast in Gold Coast or south-east.
“It’s very exposed winds, and that’s certainly going to be a fire for us to watch into this afternoon and into tomorrow.”
But he said there was currently no immediate threat to residents there.
Meanwhile, the BOM is monitoring a low-pressure system in the Coral Sea, which could form into a cyclone late tonight or early tomorrow.
Forecaster Sam Campbell said the low was currently about 1,000 kilometres off Cairns, and was expected to stay “well offshore” and weaken before reaching the coast.
Mr Wassing said morale was still very strong amongst fire crews, despite the “testing” conditions.
A fresh contingent of 75 Victorian firefighters is being sent to Queensland to assist local authorities today.
Speaking from the G20 conference in Argentina, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Queensland was still facing a very difficult weather situation and appealed to those affected by the bushfires to continue to be patient.