Bushfire threat as high fire danger continues

HEIGHTENED fire conditions continue across Queensland despite rain in some parts at the weekend.

The Rural Fire Service Assistant Commissioner Tom Dawson has urged people to take care and be alert as weather conditions change, potentially creating dangerous fire conditions.

"Under these conditions, unattended or mismanaged fires may create sparks and cause fires to spread quickly, so we're asking residents to be on the lookout and report any vegetation fires to 000 immediately," he said.

"The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Fire Investigation Unit and Queensland Police Service Arson Squad will be monitoring all fire developments to determine if any criminal or negligent actions are occurring."

Mr Dawson said that landowners should consult with their local fire warden before lighting fires on their property in the next few days.

Mr Dawson said with fire activity ramping up across the majority of the state, it was crucial for residents to prepare their homes and properties.

"If they haven't already, I urge residents to finalise their preparations and visit the RFS website to download a Bushfire Survival Plan, so that no one is caught off guard," he said.

Further information on bushfire preparation can be found at http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au