Strong winds predicted to raise Queensland's weekend fire danger
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Strong winds predicted to raise Queensland's weekend fire danger

Queenslanders are being urged to prepare for another weekend of high fire danger as strong winds are predicted to sweep through the south of the state.

The weather system over south-western Queensland is forecast to bring strong and gusty north- to north-west winds ahead of a dry weather trough that will increase the fire risk.

High winds are expected to exacerbate fire danger across southern parts of the state.

High winds are expected to exacerbate fire danger across southern parts of the state.

Photo: Jonathan Carroll

The combination is predicted to turn to a westerly change on Friday afternoon, and track across south-east Queensland on Saturday, then move north on Sunday.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe fire weather warning for the Maranoa and Warrego on Friday, and forecast a windy weekend for Brisbane with a high of 28 on Saturday and 26 on Sunday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Superintendent James Haig said firefighters were fully prepared for a busy weekend, but also hoped with the assistance of the public that it would not be.

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He appealed to the public to ensure bushfire emergency plans were prepared or updated.

"We really want people to prepare their bushfire survival plan, it’s really easy to do," he said.

"Just google Rural Fire Service Queensland ... and follow the prompts.

"If they prepare, especially if they can rehearse the plan as well, they’ll be in a much better situation."

Firefighters have already attended more than 1000 fires across the state since August 15, with Superintendent Haig asking people to stay alert and listen to local media for any bushfire warnings or updates.

Superintendent Haig said firefighters were seeing frequent accidental fires sparked from things such as welders, grinders and cigarette butts.

"We are seeing accidental fires from a wide variety of reasons, and I like to believe they are largely completely accidental," he said.

"People don’t mean it to happen, they’re just not aware of the hazard."

He warned that with Queensland entering the traditional storm season, more dry lightning strikes may start fires around the state, asking people to call triple zero at any sign of fire.

"An awful lot of the guys and girls doing the job, they’ll be volunteers, they come from our community and they’re here to protect us," he said.

"But they’d like to go home not having had a busy weekend."

Several "prepare to leave" warnings have already been issued for bushfires across Queensland in one of the state's earliest declared fire seasons, with firefighters concerned about a long dry summer head.

Lucy is a reporter for Brisbane Times with a special interest in health, science and research.