Firefighters running out hose at the height of last month’s Cooroibah fires were again on high alert today as temperatures continued to rise. Photo: AAP/Rob Maccoll
Firefighters running out hose at the height of last month’s Cooroibah fires were again on high alert today as temperatures continued to rise. Photo: AAP/Rob Maccoll

Fire crews on standby as danger rating spikes to severe

FIREFIGHTING crews are on high alert with the fire danger rating ramping up to severe as temperatures continue to rise, winds gust from the northwest to 39km/h and the humidity set to fall rapidly.

Area Director Caloundra QFES Rural Fire Services Inspector Matt Inwood said resources were on standby to respond to any threat with rapid response strike teams sitting ready to go.

The strategy would be to get the initial teams to the scene quickly and then to follow up with the weight of attack strategy that proved so successful during the Peregian Beach fire and the Noosa fires that followed.

Inspector Inwood said today's severe rating would be followed by two days of very high ratings before returning to severe Thursday and to the end of the week.

The level of humidity in different areas would depend on the amount of ground moisture from rain on Sunday.

But Inspector Inwood said falls had been quite varied and generally not significant.

Falls to 18mm were recorded at Upper Bells Creek, 13mm at Caloundra Airport, 10mm at Sunshine Coast Airport, Bli Bli and Tewantin while Radar Hill scored 15mm, and Dunethin Rock and Conondale 12mm.

A QFES strike team will be based at Caloundra, with a Caloundra team sitting ready to go from Federal as required.

The Bureau of Meteorology summer outlook expected daytime temperatures from December through to the end of February to be warmer than average, with the January-March period also likely to be warmer than average.

The same periods were also likely to be drier than average with the BOM warning that "several months of above average rainfall would be needed to see a recovery from current long-term rainfall deficiencies".


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