Lightning sparks grassfires on the Coast
STINKING hot one day, lighting strikes the next.
Mother Nature has served up a challenging week for Sunshine Coast firefighters, who have fought numerous blazes across the region in ever-changing weather conditions.
After a long, hot day, firefighters were back in action on Monday night tackling grassfires sparked by lighting strikes at Valdora Rd, Maroochy River, and Verrierdale Rd, Verrierdale.
At Diamond Valley, near Mooloolah, a permitted fire that was started on Sunday but spread due to strong winds had been brought under control yesterday afternoon before being reignited by a lightning strike.
About 12ha had been burnt.
At the peak of the blaze, it was being fought by 12 fire crews with assistance from a fire spotter and a helicopter.
The Bureau of Meteorology's Daily Fire Danger Rating has been downgraded from "severe" to "very high" for today, but crews remain on high alert and residents are urged to be prepared.
October temperature records have tumbled across parts of Queensland as the state continues to be gripped by a hot spell.
Fire authorities have warned people not to be complacent despite an expected drop in temperatures.
The Coast is expected to reach 29 degrees both today and tomorrow.
The fire danger remains at "very high" despite the drop in temperatures.
The combination of low humidity and north-westerly winds can cause bushfires to spread.
Rural Fire Service Queensland brigade training and support officer Nigel Higgs said it was essential for residents to think before lighting a fire.
"Even if you have a permit, it doesn't mean you can just drop the match anywhere," Mr Higgs said.
"When in doubt, ring your fire warden and check.
"We are looking at the fire danger ratings every day and we are prepared with our resources, but we need the public to do the same.
"Check you insurance, prepare properties by clearing away ground vegetation, and have a plan - prepare to stay if you want to defend your home, or leave early.
"This is all part of living in Australia and it keeps things interesting living here, but people need to be prepared."
Make your bushfire plan at http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.
The danger zones
Any areas where homes are elevated with forestry or bushland below, including Buderim, Nambour, the Blackall Range and hinterland areas
"I-Zone" areas where bushland and the urban landscape meet, including Buderim, Little Mountain, Aroona and Parklands