Fire risk set to climb

GYMPIE region residents are advised to be cautious with a heightened fire danger forecast across large parts of Queensland in coming days.

Rural Fire Service Queensland Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant said precautions were being taken by firefighters to prepare for potential vegetation fires as the fire danger rating climbed to very high to severe in some areas.

"Heightened fire danger is predicted for tomorrow and Thursday along most of the Queensland coast south of Mackay all the way south to the border. There is also heightened risk for all of inland Queensland," he said.

"Some locations may experience high temperatures low relative humidity and strong winds which together will make it difficult for firefighters to contain any vegetation fires that flare up."

Mr Gallant said it was important for residents to understand the different levels of fire danger, particularly during periods of heightened conditions.

"Fire danger ratings can range from 'low-moderate' to 'catastrophic' and take into account temperature, humidity, wind speed and dryness of vegetation," he said.

"We are also asking people to ensure they do not throw cigarette butts out of the car window and be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas."

More information about bushfires can be found at http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au