WITH hot temperatures predicted around Central Queensland, the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is warning of heightened fire danger this weekend.
QFRS Central Region acting rural operations manager Tony Johnstone said urban and rural firefighters were well prepared to fight potential fires but fire prevention was vital.
"Until we receive substantial amounts of rain, residents need to remain cautious as the high temperatures and relative low humidity can make it very difficult to contain vegetation fires," Mr Johnstone said.
Observers from the Bureau of Meteorology in Rockhampton said showers were possible on Sunday but it would be hot inland.
Residents conducting permit burns must follow the conditions of the permit and ensure containment lines are secured. For further information, they should contact their local Fire Warden or area office.
Mr Johnstone said it was vital that residents working with power tools and machinery took care.
"Sparks from grinders and other common machinery can easily ignite grassland, and a major bushfire can take hold very quickly," he said.
Mr Johnstone said with a number of bushfires still burning across central Queensland, it was crucial residents made sure they were doing all they could to prepare their homes and properties.
Residents can tune into warnings by listening to their local radio and logging on to the Rural Fire website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au.
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