Bushfires flare in SEQ

Bushfires are flaring across south-east Queensland.
Bushfires are flaring across south-east Queensland. Brett Wortman
BUSHFIRES have flared across south-east Queensland as the region braces for severe fire danger brought on by dry winds and high temperatures.

Authorities are ready to declare fire bans across the state at midnight to combat the expected extreme fire danger and some restrictions have been in place since last night.

Areas effected by the impending ban are North Burnett, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast, Gympie, Cherbourg, Bundaberg, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Ipswich City, Scenic Rim, Logan City, Gold Coast, Brisbane City, Redland City and Moreton Bay.

Bans were enforced at midnight for Toowoomba, Western Downs, Southern Downs, Roma, Paroo, Goondiwindi, Maranoa, Murweh, South Burnett, Banana, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Central Highlands, Woorabinda, Isaac, Whitsunday, Mackay, Barcaldine, Blackall-Tambo and Longreach.

The prime fire conditions have resulted already in blazes flaring at several spots throughout the south-east.

Firefighters have called for air support to battle a large grass fire at Cedar Pocket, west of Gympie.

A shed has been burnt in the fire but no other properties were under threat according to advice sent out by the department of emergency services at 10.45am.

A fire at Bells Creek Road in Coochin, south of Caloundra, jumped firebreaks this morning about 8am but was brought under control by 10 o'clock.

Crews are also fighting fires at Beelbi Creek, north of Maryborough and Jonhstown, north-west of Kingaroy.

Meanwhile, Queensland Fire and Rescue is preparing for the conditions to worsen to what would be classified as severe under a new fire danger rating system to be implemented from October 1.

"Under these weather conditions fires can threaten areas suddenly and without warning," an Emergency Services advice read.

"Fires can destroy homes under these circumstances and people should discuss their bushfire plans with their families in case they are faced with a fire emergency.

"Those who plan to leave should finalise their options and be prepared to leave if necessary."

Firefighters recently completed a large burn-off at the Mooloolah River National Park on the Sunshine Coast taking advantage of a blaze started by a suspected arsonist.

Advice on how to prepare for bushfires can be found on the Emergency Services Queensland website.

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