Fire warning issued as a high of 32 degrees expected

RURAL Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) is urging residents in the Central Highlands and Coalfields areas to be vigilant with heightened fire conditions predicted today.

RFSQ Operations Gary McCormack acting director said firefighters were prepared for any potential bushfires with dry, fresh and gusty west to south westerly winds and temperatures up to 32 degrees forecast for the Central Highlands and Coalfields areas.

"We're asking residents in Emerald, Moranbah, Clermont and surrounding areas and anyone travelling to the Birdsville Races, to take extra care, be alert and help to prevent bushfires," Mr McCormack said.

"Warm temperatures combined with increased winds create heightened fire conditions where unattended or mismanaged fires may create sparks and cause fires to spread quickly. 

"People should never throw cigarette butts out of the car window and always be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas."

Mr McCormack said landowners who had conducted hazard reduction burns recently were strongly encouraged to take stepsto ensure their fire had been properly extinguished.

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