Fire danger to rise to very high on Sunday

FRASER Coast residents are urged to be vigilant during heightened fire conditions this weekend.

The fire danger for the Wide Bay Burnett region is expected to move up to very high on Sunday.

Rural Fire Service Queensland north coast regional manager Peter Hollier said one spark from power tools, machinery or a cigarette butt could be enough to start a massive bushfire.

"With a very high fire danger rating forecast for Sunday, we are urging people to take extreme care when using equipment that might spark into flammable vegetation," Mr Hollier said.

"If you have to use machinery during dry conditions, we recommend having someone available, other than just the tool operator, to watch closely for ignitions which may occur.

"In addition, people should never throw cigarette butts out of the car window.

"In these conditions, a small fire has the potential to spread quickly."

Mr Hollier encouraged landholders planning to conduct hazard burns to re-evaluate their plans.

"Queensland is facing a potentially severe fire season, there is a lot of fuel on the ground, and much of the State is very dry. It is important that people are aware of the possibility of wildfire, and act accordingly," he said.



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